How to win the weed war

14 common garden invaders and the best ways to control them

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Common mallow (Malva neglecta)
Whitney Cranshaw

Common mallow (Malva neglecta)

Also known as cheeseweed (thanks to the fruits, which resemble a round of cheese), common mallow is a widespread annual or biennial weed with broad, lobed leaves and pinkish white, five-petaled flowers.

Hoe or pull these weeds when they're young. Mature plants have a long, tough taproot that is difficult to extract from the soil, and they are of course more likely to have set seed.

For chemical control, use a preemergence herbicide to prevent seedlings from becoming established in lawns and around ornamentals.

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