Weed Identification

Successful weed management starts with proper identification

What is it?

Is it noxious? Is it native? Is it poisonous? Is it even a weed?

Weeds can fall under many different categories, and sometimes the same weed can be many of these at once! The first step in successful weed management is accurate identification and understanding of its life cycle. We are available to identify weeds both in the office and on site. There are also numerous resources online to help identify the weed in question, along with descriptions of feasible control options and methods, here are a few of our favorites:

Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board Weed Search

Photos, description & searchable index of noxious weeds (Washington St. Weed Board)

Photos, description & searchable index of noxious weeds (King Co. Weed Program)

Plants Database with extensive searchable list of plants (USDA-NRCS)

Plants Poisonous to Livestock (Cornell University)

After the weed in question has been identified, you'll need understand what your responsibilities are with regard to control, and which control options are best suited for the site and the weed in question. We always encourage the development of an Integrated Management Plan (IMP) to achieve the highest level of long-term success in noxious weed control.

Poisonous weeds

Give us a call right away! Have the plant in question on hand to help with the identification. Providing a plant sample and/or arranging for a site visit will likely be needed for confirmation.

Washington Poison Center (WPC) is a statewide provider of immediate, free and expert treatment advice and assistance on the telephone in the case of exposure to poisonous, hazardous or toxic substances. (800) 222-1222.