What is this weed, and how can I control it?

Asked July 23, 2014, 10:03 PM EDT

The weed shown in the photo is rampant in my neighborhood, close to Perry Creek. I have been fighting to keep it out of my yard. It seems to grow rapidly and attaches to everything. What is it, and how can I get rid of it without killing surrounding plants and trees?

Woodbury County Iowa

1 Response

The plant in the photograph appears to be bur cucumber. Bur cucumber is an annual weed. It is best controlled by pulling and digging, destroying the plants before they set seed. The weed population should slowly decline if the plants are destroyed before they set seed.