Number of the Day: 27

August 15, 2011 | Number of The Day

What does the prototypical suburban New Jerseyan care about in the warm weather months? For many, it’s their lawns and gardens. But there could be more than meets the eye to that lush green carpet or carnival-colored border. In an attempt to help residents protect both their animals and their families from poisonous or dangerous weeds and plants, Rutgers University Agricultural Experiment Station has come up with a list of 27 garden-variety of hazards to be on the lookout for. These range from common pests such as ragweed and poison ivy to the more deadly water hemlock. Accompanying their descriptions are photos of the nuisance plants, allowing gardeners to identify the pests and rid the garden of them.