Generally, a plant that becomes a problem weed will have the ability to aggressively compete with other plants.
It will be able to rapidly grow, reproduce, spread and persist.
These plants produce large numbers of propagules and often more than one type of propagule (eg onion grass produces a large number of seeds as well as corms).
Understanding a weed's life cycle and method of spread is essential for:
- planning a successful garden weed management program
- stopping weeds spreading from one part of the garden to another
- avoiding the introduction of new weeds to the garden and
- preventing weeds from 'jumping the fence' and becoming a serious pest.
Topics covered in this factsheet include:
- Managing garden weeds
- Disposal of garden waste