I’ve learned some psychological coping tricks to deal with weeds. I learned which are edible and take great pleasure in eating them. Some I appreciate for the wildlife they support. Some are eaten by my animals. And some provide a service of conserving soil by opportunistically covering bare soil. So I’ve had a laissez-faire attitude toward weeds, but that is changing.
My Dad had an uncle who claimed that velvetleaf, Abutilon theophrasti, seeds could survive in the soil for thirty years, because he hadn’t let a velvetleaf plant produce seed the entire time he had been farming, but he still had velvetleaf weeds in his fields. So I figured what is the point? But I’ve let some weeds go to seed and watched the results and am not happy with what I am seeing.
Below is a photo of dozens of small burdock plants in a pig pasture. I had let some large burdock plants go to seed the prior year and the rooting of the pigs provided a perfect environment for the seeds to germinate. Above is a photo of a dandelion and its long taproot, showing you how tenacious some weeds can be. Weed control is a concern and is moving up on my list of priorities.