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Agricultural Extension Service, South Dakota State College

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Weeds. are a problem in the city, small town and around the farm home, just as they are a problem in pastures, hay lands and tilled fields. Wherever weeds grow, they are an unsightly and expensive nuisance. In the vacant or untended lots m town, weeds become the source of seed that will spread to surrounding gardens, lawns and farm fields. Hampered vision at intersections, caused by rank-growing weeds, has contributed to many traffic accidents. In addition, they sap the soil's fertility, which probably is sent up in smoke when the weeds are burned in the fall. In gardens, they reduce crops yields and increase costs of production. The alternative for weeds in that vacant lot is a well-kept turf of good lawn grass or alfalfa. If maintained properly, the area will not be a source of weed seed; it will not cause traffic accidents; it will not aggravate persons affected by hay-fever; and the soil's fertility will not be drained actually, the soil will improve. If seeded to alfalfa, some person who can use the hay usually will agree to keep it cut. Garden clubs and other civic improvement organizations in many South Dakota towns have taken it upon themselves to clean up the unsightly and ugly weeds in their communities. As a result of their efforts, ugly weeds in vacant lots, street~, alleys and playgrounds are becoming fewer, year-by-year. This bulletin is prepared, as a part of South Dakota's weed control program, to help these groups and other interested individuals in their commendable efforts. The Extension Service of South Dakota State College and the State Weed Board believe that weed control in cities and towns should go hand-in-hand with the weed control activities of South Dakota farmers, landowners, railroads and public lands.



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