Wear gloves when you tackle those weeds.

Posted Aug 31, 2022

Homeowners who have enjoyed the summer monsoons and the lush growth of landscape the rains have promoted may also be dealing with a lush growth of weeds.   Spurge is one of the most common of the unwanted plants appearing between sidewalk cracks, invading rock gardens, and often defying pre-emergent applications.  

Spurge aka Euphorbia/Chamaesyce is everywhere this time of year. There are annuals and perennials, sand mats and upright plants. They all have a milky sap that isn’t nice to other living things. According to some sources, Euphorbia increases sensitivity to sun.   It may exacerbate cancer. The milky white sap is an irritant and can be poisonous.