Meetings are held on the third Monday of the month
(with the odd exception)
at 7:30 pm
Lambeth United Church
4268 Colonel Talbot Rd. London, ON
IMPORTANT MESSAGE: Due to the Coronavirus concerns, we are cancelling our Monday, March 16 meeting.
Please return to this site for further updates.
MARCH 16, 2020
SPEAKER: “From the Meadow” – Heather will speak to us about their skin care product that is handcrafted at their “Farmacy” in Belmont and is 100% toxin free.
This is not just for women, it’s also for men!
DESIGN: March Madness – a synergistic design
APRIL 20, 2020
SPEAKER: Dr. Jeremy McNeil is very knowledgeable and entertaining. He is recognized for his dedication to increasing public appreciation of science.
TOPIC: Insects and Climate Change.
DESIGN: “Spring has Sprung” – a Vertical Design.
MAY 11, 2020 –Note: Meeting date is 1 week earlier.
SPEAKER: Dr. Andrew Peregrine is a veterinarian and clinical parasitologist at the University of Guelph and will share with us how to identify the tick responsible for Lyme disease and how to reduce the risk of infection in both dogs and people.
Topic: Tick and Lyme Disease.
DESIGN: “Refreshing” – a Water-viewing Design
PREMIUMS: Please make sure you bring your membership card to receive your 2020 premium.
JUNE 15, 2020
SPEAKER: Dr. Youbin Zheng is currently researching Indoor Medical Cannabis production
Dr. Zheng will explain what Cannabis is, how to grow it, and share his knowledge of the commercial production of cannabis.
DESIGN: ‘Splendour’ – an Underwater Design.
Saturday May 2, 2020 – 9:30 am to 3:00 pm
Location: Lambeth United Church
Morning Session: Water-viewing and
Afternoon Session: Underwater Designs
Instructor: Linda Hawker of the London Garden Club
Coffee and Muffins available at 9 am
Lunch: Bring your own Lunch and Mug
Call Cheryl 519-857-9484 or
Register at the March or April meeting.
Thursday, June 25, 2020
The bus trip committee has planned a full, exciting, interesting day for all.
We will leave Lambeth United Church at 9:00 am and travel to the S.A.M.Y. Alpaca Farm, where we will experience an Alpaca Walk and Talk, learn the history of the farm as well as stories of the alpacas and llamas. There is a little shop on site to purchase alpaca products.
From there, we will head to Forest Glen Herb Farm, where we will be captivated by the beauty and peace of this herbal garden and property. We will be given a demonstration and time to wander the gardens, relax and enjoy our lunch. Bring your own lunch!!
Herbs will be available to purchase. Our hostess will provide a refreshing herbal fruit tea.
Next we travel to the Bluewater Anglers Fish Culture Station, where we will learn the life cycles of the Chinook Salmon and Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout.
From there, we will venture to a private garden that will certainly inspire and amaze us all. This garden has it all – water gardens, gardens, flagstone stepping, hedges to form an informal gateway to the back gardens, in ground pool, a putting green and so much more.
To finish off our trip, we will travel to Wagg’s Steak and Seafood Restaurant; where we will enjoy an absolutely delicious dinner *Choice of English Cut Prime Rib/Chicken Cordon Bleu/Atlantic Salmon or Egg Plant Parm. Of course, with all the trimmings (Salad to start, Dinner Rolls, Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables) Ending dinner with coffee/tea and ½ Ice Cream Crepe!!!!
Returning back to the Lambeth United Church at 9:00 pm
Members Fee $95. Non-Members Fee $110.
Cost includes bus, all entry fees, dinner, taxes and gratuities
To reserve your seat call,
Cheryl 519-264-9484 or Rena 519-439-5394 or Helen 519-474-0189
Payments due by Monday June 3.
Annual Plant Sale
Lambeth United Church Parking Lot
Saturday May 16, 2020
8:00 am – Noon
Annuals, Perennials, Grasses, Tomatoes, Lilies, Herbs, QUALITY COMPOST
The plant sale is one of our biggest fund raisers.
How you can help:
* Divide any perennials you can (do this as soon as the ground is workable)
* Pot them up and label them
* Bring any seedlings of annuals or perennials (they are always welcome)
* Small Trees, shrubs, and bushes sell well also
* Gardening Items for Sale (Gardening Tools, Books, Pots, Ornaments and Accessories).
Please bring the day of the Sale.
If you should need plants picked up call Cheryl 519-857-9484
Bring your contributions around 7:30 am the day of the sale.
Hope to see you there – IT’S A REALLY FUN DAY!!!!!
Wednesday, March 4 – 7- 9 pm (Free) Playin’ in the Dirt – Gardening in the City with London-Middlesex Master Gardeners.
Lawson Foundation Room, Central Library, 251 Dundas Street
Saturday, March 7, 2020 – 10 am to 3 pm. presented by the London Middlesex Master Gardeners. Exhibits, Garden Supplies, Seed Swap, St. Anne’s Pies and more! Admission $5
Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre – 656 Elizabeth St.
Thursday, March 12, 2020 – Nature London Field Trip to Pond Mills (Open to the public). 1185 Pond View Rd. London. A pre spring walk to look for early migrating birds. Hiking poles and icers are recommended. Directions: Access Pond View Rd. and follow it to the end. Walk starts in an entrance at the back of the property. More info: call 519-871-4785.
Thursday, March 12, 2020 7-9 PM, Free
Learn the importance of healthy soil and other gardening basics as we start to get ready for another gardening season! Fruit Tree Maintenance – Gardening in the City with London-Middlesex Master Gardeners
Lawson Foundation Room, Central Library, 251 Dundas St. Learn the basics of growing your own fruit in your garden. We will discuss growing berries, grapes, and tree fruit. For each fruit we will explore choosing the right variety for your location, plant nutrition, diseases, pest management and pruning.
Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 6:30pm to 9:30pm (Doors Open: 6:00pm) Climate Change: the Human Element (Free Film and Discussion) Wolf Performance Hall and Stevenson Hunt Rooms Central Public Library, 251 Dundas Street East. Advance Registration Required. On Eventbrite: https://climate-change-the-human-element.eventbrite.ca Tel: 519-453-3198 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, March 20, 7:30 to 9 pm. Nature London Indoor meeting – open to the public). Speaker, Laurel Beechey, “the skunk lady” is an authorized wildlife custodian and has been rescuing, rehabililtating and releasing orphaned wildlife, mostly skunks, for more than 35 years.
Sunday, March 29, 2020 – 2:00 pm. Thames Talbot Land Trust hosts their 5th benefit concert at the Aeolian Hall. Several local artists including Dana Manning and Kevin’s Bacon Train. Limited seating so reserve early.
Saturday, April 18, 2020 – 9:30 am to 4 pm – GO WILD GROW WILD – 4 workshop stages, speakers, celebrities, wildlife shows, exhibitors. Kids Free. Western Fair District Agriplex – 845 Florence St. London
Sunday, April 26, 2020 – Noon to 3 pm
Friends of the London Civic Garden Complex Greenhouse Tour and Open House – no charge
Friday July 17 to Sunday July 19, 2020 – Ontario Horticultural Convention, Hosted by District 10 in London, ON at the Lamplighter Inn & Conference Centre, 591 Wellington Rd. S. Free Wifi and parking. Speakers, Competitions, Vendors, Displays, Seminars, Bus Trips. Friday nights social “Hoe Down” and Silent Auction. Saturday Evening Banquet, keynote speaker and awards ceremony.https://gardenontario.org/wp-content/uploads/D10InvitationPresentationWeb17-19July20.pdf
Alba – White
Alpina – Plant from the mountains
Canadensis – Native to Canada
Caerulea – Blue
Grandiflora – Big flowers
Japonica – Plant from Japan
Lutea – Yellow
Macrophylla – Plant has big leaves
Maculata – Spotted
Maritima – Plant from near the sea
Montana – Plant from the mountains
Nana – Dwarf
Occidentalis – Plant from the western hemisphere
Odorata – Scented
Officinalis – A plant used as a herb
Orientalis – Plant from the eastern hemisphere
Paniculata – Blooming in panicles
Purpurea – Purple
Reptans – Creeping
Rosea – Pink
Rubrum – Red
Rugosa – ridged, usually in reference to the leaves
Scandens – Climbing
Sinensis – Plant from China
Stricta – Upright
Sylvestris – Plant from the forest
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Congratulations are sent out to Ruth Dodson and Evelyn Jenkinson for receiving their LIFE MEMBERSHIP AWARDS with the Lambeth Horticultural Society. These ladies, along with their husbands, Reg Dodson and Melvin Jenkinson, were with the society from our origin in 1975 when it changed from Lambeth Garden Club. Ruth and Evelyn have been involved in every aspect of the Lambeth Society. They were long time members of the Board of Directors, planned trips, arranged workshops, taught classes, printed the Hortigram, planted and cared for the flower beds in Lambeth.
All this, while raising their families and being involved in community volunteer work. Ruth’s home is the meeting place for the Rose Show committee. The annual Civic Planting group also meets there to pick up their plants. Evelyn is known by many as the “Geranium Queen” of the Society. Each family has donated a trophy to the Rose & flower Show, trophies that display their areas of expertise! Lambeth Hort would not be the successful society it is today without Ruth and Evelyn. With gratitude and affection, we thank you for all that you have done.
Murray Weld – February 16, 2020. Husband of Audrey, and always willing to help with set ups and tear downs of our Hort. activities (and whatever else was needed to be done). A great man that you could always count on.
Stephanie Taylor – January 18, 2020. She was a quiet soul but also enjoyed the bus trips. No matter where or when we travelled, she was eager to share the experience with everyone on the trips. Stephanie and her mom, Liz, never missed a bus trip. Two smiling faces that we will certainly miss on our next trip.
Almut Carroll – January 9, 2020. Up until 15 years ago, Almut was an active member of our Society. She always kept busy doing he behind the scene’s tasks. She didn’t drive but rode her bicycle around the village to the hort. meetings – in the daylight, to the Plant Sales, Rose Show and to the grocery store. She taught many of us how to pleat the draping on the table skirts for the Rose and Flower Show. Truly an inspiration.
Ken Dimson – August 12, 2018. Husband of Gail, Ken was Treasurer for Lambeth Hort Society for six years. Ken will be missed by all the directors for his easy going personality and kindness.
Peter Calvert – February 27, 2018. Peter was a devoted gardener. At our Lambeth Hort meetings, you could find him contributing sound advice on any gardening related issues. We will always remember and be most grateful for his many plant contributions (lovingly grown in his greenhouse) to our Spring Plant Sale.
Alexander, William “Bill” June 5, 1922 – January 27, 2018At the age of 95. Beloved husband of Mildred Alexander. Bill was a thoughtful and kind person with a cheery disposition. He was the president of the Brampton Horticultural Society. He planted many trees in Brampton and London. He and his wife Mildred, were famous for the many roses that they grew and helping with the admission table at the Rose and Flower Show.
Alexander, Mildred. January 10, 2018. Her passion was gardening and she won awards for the perfect specimens that she grew. She was an active member of the Lambeth Horticultural Society.
Myrtle Campion-Smith – November 3, 2017. Myrtle peacefully passed away on November 3 at the age of 85. She attended Lambeth Hort meetings, giving her husband Stan (for 53 years) a great deal of support in all of his activities. We will miss her quiet and easy going personality.
Stan Campion-Smith – October 16, 2017
Passed away peacefully surrounded by family at the age of 80.
Stan was an active Lambeth Hort member. He was on the board of Directors and was the Convenor of the Rose and Flower Show for two years.
He will be fondly remembered for his amusing top hat while selling the 50/50 tickets and also giving his demonstration of how to grow his beloved canna’s. We won’t ever forget his big smile and friendly disposition.
Charlotte Isabel deLagran – January 25, 2017
Peacefully at home, Charlotte passed away in her 103rd year.
Charlotte was a founding member of the Lambeth Horticultural Society.
She has presented The Charlotte & Harold deLagran Award for the Best Climbing Rose every year.
Charlotte was a dedicated long time member of the Lambeth United Church and a devoted Grandmother and Great Grandmother. She was famous for her impressive collection of hats. We will greatly miss her lively spirit and her positive influences to our Society.
Marian Elizabeth Weldon – January 12, 2017
Peacefully at her home with her loving family, Marian passed away at the age of 91. She was an amazing lady who was always lending a helping hand, showing up to help – just because. She was a life member of Lambeth Hort, where she was President from 1989-1991, helped at the setting up and putting away of many Plant Sales, Rose Shows, November Pot Luck Dinners, and at the General Meetings. She was a master at calculating the points for awards and recipients at the Rose Shows. Marian was also a captain for the Canadian Cancer Society, very involved in the Lambeth Historical Society, the Lambeth United Church and Lambeth Community activities. Her beautiful smile and gentle demeanor will be dearly missed by everyone who knew her.
Alois Lloyd Megerle – February 27, 2016
Lloyd passed away on February 27, 2016 at Victoria Hospital in his 88th year. He has always been an avid gardener. After apprenticing in Germany, he moved to Canada and worked in one of the large Greenhouses in Niagara. Later, he moved to London and worked for a greenhouse in Strathroy before retiring.
Jim Marshall – August 3, 2015
Jim passed away on Monday, August 3, 2015 at the age of 79. He joined the Lambeth Horticultural Society in 2005 and became a very active member. During his 10 years with us he was a director for 6 years and our treasurer for 2 years. Jim actively participated in the Program, Plant Sale, Silent Auction, and Bus Trip, committees. Always willing to help, you would find him setting up and taking down the chairs, and last spring, handling the 50/50 draw tickets. We send our deepest sympathies and prayers to his wife Doreen and their families. He will be greatly missed.
Melvin (Mel) Jenkinson – 1924-2015
Melvin Jenkinson was well known to members of the Lambeth Horticultural Society because he was there to support the many things his wife Evelyn did for the Society. They lived in Lambeth, reared a large family, and grew everything from sweet potato vines to roses. He probably set up more chairs and tables than any other male because he lived to the age of 90. Most significantly, he and Evelyn donated a trophy to the Society for the best shrub rose in its Annual Rose and Flower Show. We send our sincere condolences to all his family.
Elmer Jorgensen – January 28, 2015
Our dear friend and fellow gardener, Elmer passed in his 82nd year.
We remember Elmer as an avid Master Gardener who delighted us with his wisdom and his humour. His horticultural knowledge and extensive experience were an inspiration to us all. Whether it was growing garlic or heirloom tomatoes, Elmer worked diligently to attain the best results possible. We will miss him dearly, and we know that he will be smiling as we plant our seeds, sprinkle our lime and dig in our compost.
John B. Watson – January 12, 2015
Long time member John Watson passed in his 87th year. John really loved nature and gardening. He took pride in learning all he could to become very knowledgeable about anything that was important to him. He enjoyed entering roses in the Rose & Flower show and participating in the bus trips where he could learn more about Ontario and gardening. The general meetings were special to him where he met so many wonderful people who shared the same interests as he did.
George Rae – Dec.21,1929 – May 21, 2014
Born in Scotland, George immigrated to Canada in 1956, where he met and married his wife, Eva. He was a charter member and Past President of the Tillsonburg Horticultural Society which began in 1962 and serve don the board for over 30 years. In 2010 he was honoured with a life membership. In2009 he proudly received the Ontario Volunteer Service Award. As a avid showman in Gladiolus, Dahlias, and Roses, George soon made a name for himself in southwestern Ontario as a top competitor and garnered many championships for his prize winning entries. Many of George’s prize winning roses will be donated to Sakura House in Woodstock for the creation of a rose garden in his memory.
George will be missed by his many friends in the William Saunders Rose Society, the Hamilton Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Society, many Horticultural Societies and the Canadian Gladiolus Council.
Ruth Kristoff – October 10, 1928 – March 20, 2014
Ruth (86 years) was a wife, mother, grandmother and an avid rose gardener. She and her husband, Fred, lived in Aylmer where they were active in community and gardening events. Ruth was a frequent presenter in Lambeth’s Rose and Flower Show for many years, winning many awards for the lovely flower. Our condolences go to the Kristoff family.
||May 15, 2017
Design: “The Beauty of Spring” – a small design
Speaker: Jim Maybee – is a Horticultural and Design Judge and a very enthusiastic and energetic gardener on his 20 acre flower farm. Jim will provide tips on preparing flowers and designs for our upcoming Rose and Flower Show on June 21. (He spoke to us in 2006 about growing and caring for gladiolus).
|April 17, 2017
Design: “Easter Parade” – a parallel design
Speaker: Trish Symons – A passionate, enthusiastic and energetic gardener who spoke at the Lambeth Horticultural Society meeting back in October 2012. Our bus trip in June 2016 visited her home and gardens in the Shelburne area.
Topic: “There’s a Puppy in my Garden”
|Monday, March 20, 2017
Speaker: Will Heeman – Heemans Garden Centre & Strawberry Farm “Strawberries and the History of the farm”.
Design: “Spring Board” – an interpretive Design
||Monday, February 20, 2017
Speaker: Julian Bayley – Ice Culture, “The growth of Ice Culture and the making of their sculptures”.
Design: “Picture Perfect” – 4 x 6 photo of a Focal Point in your 2016 garden.
||Monday, January 16, 2017
Speaker: Brenda Gallagher (Forestry Technician – Vegetation, Upper Thames Conservation Authority. “Trees in Ontario”.
Design: Winter Solstice – a design incorporating winter greenery and 1 white flower.
||Monday, October 17, 2016
Speaker: Roland Craig “A tour of the Harrogate Flower Show in North Yorkshire, U.K.
Design: “Natures Image” – A design using wood and/or rock
||Monday, September 19, 2016
Design: “Fall Festival” – A modern design.
Speaker: Robert Holland “Saving the Jesuit Pear Tree”
http://www.jesuitpear.com/Earl ller standing in front of his ancient Jesuit Pear Tree
||Monday, June 20, 2016
Design Class: “It’s Summer” – an interpretive design
Speaker: DAVID BILYEA is a graduate of Ridgetown College and now is employed there as a weed science technician involved with weed control studies.
Topic: “Viny weeds of Ontario”
||Monday, May 16, 2016
Speaker: MARION JARVIE is a passionate gardener and has been gardening in Thornhill for 40 years. She has been involved with both the Toronto and International gardening communities. Marion is an accomplished photographer and enthusiastic educator. She teaches regularly at the Toronto Botanical Garden and has lectured all over North America and in the U.K.
Topic: Gardening Highlights
||Monday, April 18, 2016
Speaker: ROB LEBROW from Sedum Master, a company 9 years young, grows 120 different varieties of sedum that they use to create sedum blankets and panels, green roofs, living walls and other projects.
||Monday, March 21, 2016:
Speaker: DAVID SHERRY
UWO Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Biology and a member of the Graduate Program in Neuroscience.
||Monday, February 15, 2016:
Design: “Mini Garden Tour”
Bring 3, 5×7 photos showing highlights of your 2015 garden
Speaker: DENISE HODGINSOntario Diploma in Horticulture and writes for the London Free Press
Topic: The Monthly Garden To-Do List
Click here for a full review>DeniseHodginsFeb2016
||Monday, January 18, 2016:
Speaker: BECKY ELLIS
Coordinator of Sprouts Children’s Garden Program
(focusing on urban agriculture)
Topic: GARDENING WITH WILDLIFE”
Click here for a full review> BeckyEllisJan2016
January 15, 2018:
Note: please bring any used or unwanted pairs of socks to the meeting to be donated to the Salvation Army.
Come join us for a meeting that will offer you something new and different!
Defy those winter chills and feel the warmth as we sit at tables and taste test various coffees and teas while learning about their origin and history.
September 18, 2017
Speaker: Kevin Kavanagh, owner of South Coast Gardens, a small specialty nursery and landscape design business located along the north shore of Lake Erie’s ‘Carolinian zone’.
Topic: Magnolias, Rhodos, and Azaleas
Design: “Birthday Bash” – a red and white design to include vegetables.
June 18, 2018
Speaker: Shelley MacKenzie
(St. Thomas Horticultural Society)
Topic: “Elevated Park and Walkway with a Stumpery Garden”
Design Class: “June Bugs” a small design
October 16, 2017
Speaker: Suzanne Steed of Steed and Company Lavender
Topic: All things Lavender (growing, benefits and uses of lavender).
Design: Autumn Joy – a design to include wood
January 21, 2019
Speaker: Andrew Barber
Andrew is an organic farmer who has taken an interest in Buckfast bees.
He currently has ten hives on his property and is interested in different hive styles. Our meeting will be Cafe style. Coffee and tea will be served with honey samples.
Design Class: No design class, but please bring a photo of your favourite part of your 2018 Garden to share with your fellow members. Photo’s will not be judged.
February 18, 2019
It’s MOVIE NIGHT!
We will see the movie “Highgrove House”, one of England’s most important contemporary gardens.
Meet the best Royal Gardener in history – Prince Charles.
“Theatre” snacks will be provided.
Design Class: Interpretive with a single red rose.
March 18, 2019
Speaker: Dave Bilyea from the University of Guelph (Ridgetown Campus)Topic: “Spring Tune Up and Lawn Care” – general tips for maintaining a healthy lawn, problems that can occur and why they happen.
Design Class: Emerald and Aquamarine – A Satellite Design
SEPTEMBER 16, 2019
Mini Flower & Vegetable Show: View Schedule here> Mini FlowerSep2019
SPEAKER: Margaret Dudley (President of the Belle River Hort Society and knowledgeable speaker). TOPIC: Bulbs for All Seasons
DESIGN: “Summer Twilight” – a modern mass design
NOVEMBER 18, 2019
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND POTLUCK
MEET AND GREET 5:30 – 6:30 pm
DINNER at 6:30 pm
LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT: Country Versatiles
Back by popular demand:
Sprigs of greenery will be available for all to create a festive design/arrangement to adorn your home for the Christmas season.
Bring your container (or a small tuna/salmon can) and have fun creating!
If you have extra ribbon or decorative items to share with other members, please bring them.
JANUARY 20, 2020
SPEAKER: ‘Full of Beans’ Kim Dietrich – will talk about her business,
how it started and the new family life style change with beans in it.
This change also gave her an opportunity to promote beans
and share their products with consumers.
Our meeting will be set up cafe style.
DESIGN: Fragrant Memories – Small Dried Arrangement
Milkweed is to be removed from the Ontario Noxious Weed List
London Free Press March 11, 2014
Go ahead: plant a milkweed, save a monarch.
The milkweed plant soon will be yanked from the province’s “noxious weed” list that would ordinarily require it be destroyed on crop-land.
Taking its place on the bad-plant list will be the quirkily named dog-strangling vine.
That’s a double score for butterfly lovers, who say the mandatory destruction of milkweed and the invasion of dog-strangling vine have contributed to an alarming population drop the queen of the butterflies.
Milkweed “is very, very important to monarchs. Their caterpillars eat only milkweed,” says Ann White of London, who is the butterfly count co-ordinator for Nature London.
But the plant has been vanishing from farm fields, field fringes and pastures, assisted by a provincial weed law that encourages herbicide treatment to prevent its spread.
White and other vocal lepidopterists have been lobbying the Ontario Agriculture Ministry for the changes.
Ministry spokesperson Mark Cripps said the proposed move is also an effort to improve the Ontario’s biodiversity.
Farmers so far haven’t objected, although the province is still receiving public comments to its environmental registry until April 14.
The invasive dog-strangling vine – a perennial that can grow as high as two metres but, despite its name, poses no threat to dogs – crowds out other plant life and is a menace in its own right.
Monarchs often lay eggs on its leaves but their larvae can’t survive on the plant, Cripps said. “It interrupts the monarch life cycle,” Cripps said.
Monarchs breed in Canada and the U.S. but migrate to a small forest in a mountainous area of Mexico, where they over-winter. There, their habitat is also being destroyed and the over-wintering population last year was calculated as the smallest in 20 years.
Defined as plants harmful to living things (crops, livestock) and injurious to health.
- 23 plants in Ontario on the list. Milkweed has been included because it can reduce crop yield and can be poisonous to livestock. Usually controlled by herbicides.
- On current list are: common barberry, European buckthorn, bull thistle, Canada thistle, wild carrot, Colt’s foot dodder, goat’s beard, Johnson grass, knapweed, milkweed, nodding thistle, poison hemlock, poison ivy, proso millet, ragweed, yellow rocket, Russian thistle, Scotch thistle, sow thistle, cypress spurge, leafy spurge, tuberous vetchling, giant hogweed.
- Everyone who owns crop land must destroy noxious weeds on it.
- Everyone who has land near enough to farmland that noxious weeds could affect crops must also rid the property of those weeds.