Weed War

Deer in a Canadian thistle thicket

Weeds are a growing concern in our neighborhood. Many homeowner associations and individuals informed C.A.R.E. that they felt overwhelmed by the numbers of weeds after last summer’s rains, particularly, the Bull, Canada and Musk thistles. Even thistle thickets like the one above can be overcome.Meadow following Canadian thistle removal Read how to achieve a thistle-free pasture that looks like this meadow.  Continue reading “Weed War”

Thistle Before and After/ Fall & Late Summer Information

BEFORE Deer in a Canadian thistle thicket

AFTERMeadow following Canadian thistle removal

Canada Thistle (Late Summer)

You might as well mow the area now (saving the step of cutting the seed heads only).  We can’t stress enough that if you will use a bag on your mower to collect all cuttings, you will greatly reduce the number of seeds left on the ground to germinate next year. Continue reading “Thistle Before and After/ Fall & Late Summer Information”

Dalmatian Toadflax

Dalmatian ToadflaxDALMATIAN TOADFLAX

Linaria dalmatica ssp. dalmatica
Figwort Family

Colorado Dept. of Agriculture Class B

Aliases: Balkan toadflax, broadleaf toadflax, wild snapdragon, smooth toadflax
Perennial: Forb
Flowers/Fruit: Seeds Mature July – September. (Oct. after the 1st year)
Flowers: Snapdragon type, bright yellow, tinged with orange,  1-1/2″ long spur. The upper lip is 2-lobed and the lower is 3-lobed.
Bloom: May – August Continue reading “Dalmatian Toadflax”