4 Worst Weeds in California Gardens

If there is one daily activity that unites the human race above all others, weeding is it.  Most people on Earth still grow at least some of the food they eat and in order for their seeds to grow int...

Nutgrass, Gardenias & Plum Trees

Q: Some friends of mine had a beautiful lawn here in the San Fernando Valley, but they have nutgrass growing in it. I had never heard of it, but everyone on their street has it. Can you recommend som...

From Dallisgrass to Leyland Cypress

Q: My home was a rental for 15 years. When I actually moved in here a few years ago, I noted that dallisgrass had taken over the front lawn. I first plied a little trowel and hand hoe – neither...

Scarlet Pimpernel

It is widely regarded as the most ornamental weed, if you dare call it a weed. Its sudden appearance in the garden is greeted with yelps of astonishment and joy since most people do not consider it a...

Splurge with Spurge

The sun-loving equivalent of baby’s tears, it grows rampantly and, left unchecked, will take over every bare spot of garden earth within a week or two. Spotted prostrate spurge takes over just ...

Don’t Let Fountain Grass Become a Weed

What sort of concept can be noble, money-saving and victimizing at the same time? The concept of drought-tolerant, low-maintenance gardens. Over the years, I have seen quite a few gardens that were d...

Buttercup Oxalis and its Kin

Depending on your perspective, when you pass by a certain house on Rhodes Avenue in Studio City, you may see absolute neglect, the height of simplicity in a brilliant garden design, or God’s ha...

Going to War Against Spiderwort

For years, I have been at war with the common spiderwort (Commelina communis). Although it is, at times, a bitter battle, I must confess to stopping and stepping back, every now and then, simply to a...

Birds Bring Weeds to Lawns

Have you ever seen a crow hopping on your front lawn? You might want to consider putting up a scarecrow. Birds’ feet are principle vehicles for the dissemination of weed seeds in lawns. If ther...