February 17, 2016
Pennsylvania Smartweed
February 17, 2016

Brassica is a plant that is commonly known as mustard. Other members of this family of plants include cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower. Unlike the rest of its family, the mustard plant is considered a weed in many areas of the world. Mustard the weed grows in many parts of the United States and is commonly found on open lands. Grass areas such as lawns are also subject to this plant, and they can be a common problem on golf courses. It has a tendency to spread if left to its own devices.

Characteristics of Mustard

Mustard is also known as wild mustard because it can sprout up just about anywhere. Wild mustard is a tall plant with a long round stem that is green in color. It can grow several feet tall, and the leaves of the plant have their own stems that come from the main trunk. The leaves are small and thin compared to other plants similar to this weed. The flowers are bright yellow and stand out from the rest of the plant when in full bloom. Some find this flower very beautiful, but many consider the plant a pest in the garden.

Properly Controlling Wild Mustard

Weed control methods to rid your property of this plant include pulling, tilling, and the spraying of herbicides. Lawn maintenance practices such as mowing can also keep this weed from shading out other plants, including grasses. This plant likes to grow around fence rows and can often reach great heights if not treated. Areas such as large lawns and golf courses can become infested with mustard and to get rid of it a professional lawn care company may need to be contacted. Dealing with a large outbreak of this plant without the proper tools can be a difficult task.