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bhjs24-Oct-01 04:39 PM EST 4a   
Dave24-Oct-01 07:07 PM EST   
Brian @ P&P Plants24-Oct-01 07:32 PM EST 3   
Susan24-Oct-01 07:44 PM EST 6a   
JoanneS25-Oct-01 12:36 PM EST 3a   
Mary27-Oct-01 06:08 AM EST 5   
Shelley Barkley29-Oct-01 04:26 PM EST 3b   
A.Nikoras29-Oct-01 05:24 PM EST   

Subject: school project:weed identification
From: bhjs
Zone: 4a
Date: 24-Oct-01 04:39 PM EST

How do I identify a weed, I need to identify 5 weeds. Is there a site I can use? Or a book? Please help, bhjs

P.S. it's for a school project

Subject: RE: school project:weed identification
From: Dave
Date: 24-Oct-01 07:07 PM EST

Webster's says a weed is any plant growing in a cultivated area to the injury of the crop. So a rose bush growing in your petunia patch is a weed. All plants are weeds under specific circumstances. This should make your project rather easy. However, I'm not sure your teacher will agree.

Subject: RE: school project:weed identification
From: Brian @ P&P Plants
Zone: 3
Date: 24-Oct-01 07:32 PM EST

bhjs; In Alberta, the County of Kneehill in Three Hills,has a booklet that describes and has pictures of weed that are considered Noxious and Restricted.

You probably could phone them in Three Hills or E-mail them. I don't have either of those numbers but you can do a search by inputing kneehill county.

Subject: RE: school project:weed identification
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 24-Oct-01 07:44 PM EST

I'm not quite sure what your project is - do you have to name & describe 5 weeds or is someone giving you 5 weeds and you have to identify them?

You didn't say where you're from (which province) but I assume it might be somewhere on the priries, based on your zone. Most provincial Departments of Agriculture have publications on weeds. I'm from Ontario and there's an excellent book called Ontario Weeds published by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. If you need to identify a weed plant, this sort of book is great because it has pictures as well as drawings and a questionnaire to lead you through the process of identifying which weed you have. And it's easier to flip through pages in a book than flip through web pages. So if you have been given plants to identify, I suggest to go to your school or local library and look for a book similar to my Ontario one.

If you have to describe 5 weeds, it's a little easier to find web sites. Since I don't want to do your assignment for you, all I'll say is that if you type "weed identification" into Altavista or Google search engines, you'll get lots of 'hits' and it's up to you to sort through them!

Subject: RE: school project:weed identification
From: JoanneS
Zone: 3a
Date: 25-Oct-01 12:36 PM EST

I've heard a weed described as "a wildflower without a press agent".

Subject: RE: school project:weed identification
From: Mary
Zone: 5
Date: 27-Oct-01 06:08 AM EST

Hi BHJS, I purchased a book this summer from Costco,called "Weeds of Canada". It's a great paperback reference manual with wonderful pictures of each weeds leaves and flowers. They have also divided the weeds into groups. I was amazed at how many weeds there were. Also how many varieties I've seen in my own garden. The ISBN # is-0-88864-311-X. Hopefully this book would help you with your project. If you need any more info about the book let me know. Mary

Subject: RE: school project:weed identification
From: Shelley Barkley
Zone: 3b
Date: 29-Oct-01 04:26 PM EST

Alberta Agriculture Food and Rural Development(AAFRD) has published a wonderful new weeds book. You can pick up a copy for $30.00 at any Alberta Ag office or order a copy from the publications branch in Edmonton. Check out the AAFRD web site at

Subject: RE: school project:weed identification
From: A.Nikoras
Date: 29-Oct-01 05:24 PM EST

Here's a website

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