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Understanding Weed Life Cycles: the Key to Better Management

This fact sheet outlines the life cycles of winter annual, summer annual, and perennial weeds, including common examples and recommended control strategies for each, along with photos. It is available in English and Spanish.

Understanding Weed Life Cycles

Sue Scheufele, Hannah Whitehead and Caro Munoz Agudelo
Last Updated: 
January 2023

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