Weed identification guides for field and container nurseries
Editor’s note: This article is from the archives of the MSU Crop Advisory Team Alerts. Check the label of any pesticide referenced to ensure your use is included.
Nursery growers who need some resources for identification of weeds that impact their production will find these two publications helpful. "Weeds of Container Nurseries in the United States" by Joseph C. Neal, North Carolina State University and Jeffrey F. Derr, Virginia Tech. This link has a great list and photos of weeds that impact container nurseries: http://ppwsipm.contentsrvr.net/weeds_container_nurseries.php
When used in conjunction with the MSU publication E-2982 "An IPM Pocket Guide for Weed Identification in Nurseries and Landscapes" (available from the local Extension office or MSU Extension Bulletin Office at 517-353-6740) you should be able to identify most weeds that show up in the nursery container area. This guide is also available on-line at: http://www.ipm.msu.edu/weeds-nursery/contents.htm
Proper identification is the first step to controlling weeds in the nursery. Please contact your local MSU Extension horticulture educator for the latest weed control recommendations.