Weeds in the Urban Landscape: Where They Come from, Why They're Here, and How to Live with Them

Weeds in the Urban Landscape: Where They Come from, Why They're Here, and How to Live with Them

by Richard Orlando


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A comprehensive identification guide to 189 common weeds in the urban environment, explaining their families and characteristics, with strategies for managing their presence in the garden and fields

This engaging field guide for the urban explorer, gardener, or armchair enthusiast traces the history of weeds as they migrated out of the Middle East with human tribes and spread across Europe and the Americas, details the folklore surrounding them, and explains their role in the evolution of agriculture and human civilizations as well as their many uses for medicine, food, animal fodder, and soil enhancement. Richard Orlando provides detailed descriptions of 189 common weeds—found across the U.S.—describing their families and characteristics, and suggesting strategies for managing their presence in the garden and field. Abundant illustrations enhance the text and facilitate plant identification. An annotated bibliography and index of botanical names, in addition to a detailed explanation of Integrated Pest Management, make this an essential reference for anyone with an interest in the world outside our doors.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623172114
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 05/22/2018
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 965,961
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

RICHARD ORLANDO worked for over twenty-five years as the lead gardener at UC Berkeley and has for nearly thirty years taught classes on weeds and gardening. He has led trainings for pesticide handlers and continues to offer consulting services as an arborist, in addition to continuing to teach.

Table of Contents

Preface: Why I Wrote This Book ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Tom Yutani Amy Yutani xvii

Part 1 The Background

1 What Is a Weed? 3

2 A Brief History of Weeds and Crop Plants 7

3 Important Weed Families 21

4 About Botanical and Common Names 39

Part 2 The Weeds

5 The "Classic" Weeds 45

6 The Green and Golden Hills of California 159

7 Other Invasive Grasses and Grasslike Plants 189

8 Other Broad-Leaved Weeds 209

9 Garden Escapees and Wild-Land Invaders 237

10 California Native Weeds 295

Part 3 Integrated Pest Management-With and Without Pesticides

11 Integrated Pest Management-an Overview 309

12 To Spray or Not to Spray; or, Pesticides 101 319

Conclusion 335

Glossary 337

Plant Parts 337

Medicinal Terms 341

Annotated Bibliography 343

List of Weeds by Botanical Name 353

List of Weeds by Common Name 357

Index 361

About the Author 371

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