Weed Watchers

WANTED:

Citizen Scientists to Report Season’s First Sighting of Noxious Weeds

We are tracking the emergence behavior of three noxious weeds this spring, Mugwort (Artemesia vulgaris), Japanese Stiltgrass (Microstegium viminium), and Crabgrass (Digitaria spp.).                    Become a Weed Watcher and help us track these weedy villains!

How you can become a Weed Watcher

We are interested in WHEN these weeds emerge on Long Island.  When you FIRST see them in spring-

Snap a photo and email it to us along with this info:

  • Date photo was taken
  • Location (physical address or GPS coordinates)
  • Habitat where weed was growing (lawn, landscape bed, roadside, etc.)

Send to Andy Senesac, afs2@cornell.edu


MUGWORT

Look for it Mid March through April

Rhizomatous perennial, reproduces by rhizome or seed

Leaves resemble chrysanthemum

Leaves silvery on bottom, green on top
Emerges early in spring

STILTGRASS

Look for it Early April to Early May

Sprawling annual grass that appears a few days before crabgrass


Leaves 2-4" long

Broad, round-bladed seedlings can be mistaken for broadleaf plant

Looks similar to crabgrass but has shorter leaves

CRABGRASS

Look for it Late April through May

Summer annual grass that spreads by seed and root nodes
               
   
       
     
Tillering

Germinating near weed skeletons


Last updated July 6, 2016