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Gardening Terms Glossary
"W" Gardening Terms
Here are some of the common and not so common terms you will hear or read about when dealing with gardening.
wall garden: A wall that has pockets between the stones where succulent plants are grown.
water garden: A garden area that includes a pond in which water plants are grown.
water sprout: A shoot that emerges straigh upward from the trunk or main branching of a tree. These are very weak parts of a tree and should be removed.
weed: A plant that grows where you don't want it to grow.
weed control: Keeping weeds out of your garden and yard by pulling or spraying them.
weed tree: An undesirable tree species. Mulberry trees and silver maples are considered weed trees in my area.
wetting agent: A material that increases the ability of a liquid to wet a surface. Using a small drop of liquid dish detergent with your weed killers helps the chemicals penetrate into the weeds.
whip: An unbranched very young tree.
whorled: The arrangement of leaves or flowers in circular clusters around a stem.
wild plant: An uncultivated plant that grows in nature.
wilt: Drooping leaves on a plant that can be caused by disease but most commonly seen in plants needing water or that have too much water. Unfortunately the symptoms of too much and too little water are the same.
wind burn: Injury to plant leaves and bark cause by drying or freezing winds.
winter injury: Damage plants suffer from winter conditions. Sometimes seen as bark splitting, sometimes seen as browning of areas where snow has been sitting or from having snow shoveled on top of them.
witches-broom: Abnormal growth that appears on trees and shrubs where many closely set branches appear.
woody plant: A plant that produce woody stems and trunks and that persist above ground for many years. The leaves may or may not fall off during winter but the stems and branches will sprout new growth in the spring.
woolly: Having long and entangled soft hairs.
This list is by no means a complete collection of horticultural techniques and terms.
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