Weeds, Weeds, Weeds

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Weeds, Weeds, Weeds

Post by Garrett » Thu, 18 Jul 2002 09:46:39



Hi all,
I have a weed problem.  I'm a fairly new home owner. I have a front yard about
12 x 14 in size.  It's not a big patch but it's enough to plant flowers in the
summer.  I spend all this money planting flowers in the spring and by the time
the middle of the summer comes, my flowers have hardly grown and my front yard
is overwhelmed with weeds.   I work all day, I'm 50 out of shape and,
overweight.  I don't want to spend my weekends on my knees pulling weed.  Even
when I do pull weed, I find that when I turn around again there's still weed
coming up in another spot.  I have several types of weed.  

What can I do this year to get rid of the ugly weed taking over my yard? Do I
dig it all up and put something down that would get rid of the weed (don't know
what to put down).  If I did put something down would it kill the little bit of
flowers I do have growing.  It's no longer a pretty sight. If it's too late for
this year is there something I need to do now to prepare me for next year
HELP!!

 
 
 

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Post by CMari » Thu, 18 Jul 2002 10:33:55


Wondering also about weeds. I have dandelions with roots as big as carrots!
And even when I dig up a huge root I still see that it has been ripped on
the tip. Can more weeds grow with little bits of root still in the soil?
Also, I bought something called Preen by Greenview. It says it's for Gardens
& Beds...around flowers, bulbs, roses, shrubs, trees and veggies....However
I wanted to ask if anyone has used this before I sprinlke it around my
flowers and plants. Aslo found a lot of slugs and worms...yuck. How can I
get rid of these???

Cindy


Quote:
> Hi all,
> I have a weed problem.  I'm a fairly new home owner. I have a front yard
about
> 12 x 14 in size.  It's not a big patch but it's enough to plant flowers in
the
> summer.  I spend all this money planting flowers in the spring and by the
time
> the middle of the summer comes, my flowers have hardly grown and my front
yard
> is overwhelmed with weeds.   I work all day, I'm 50 out of shape and,
> overweight.  I don't want to spend my weekends on my knees pulling weed.
Even
> when I do pull weed, I find that when I turn around again there's still
weed
> coming up in another spot.  I have several types of weed.

> What can I do this year to get rid of the ugly weed taking over my yard?
Do I
> dig it all up and put something down that would get rid of the weed (don't
know
> what to put down).  If I did put something down would it kill the little
bit of
> flowers I do have growing.  It's no longer a pretty sight. If it's too
late for
> this year is there something I need to do now to prepare me for next year
> HELP!!

 
 
 

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Post by ~ Lori » Thu, 18 Jul 2002 11:01:50


Preen by Greenview. It says it's for Gardens
& Beds...around flowers, bulbs, roses, shrubs, trees and veggies....However
I wanted to ask if anyone has used this before I sprinlke it around my
flowers and plants.>>

I've used it.....works pretty well.....
Lori

 
 
 

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Post by Vox Human » Thu, 18 Jul 2002 12:13:39



Quote:
> Hi all,
> I have a weed problem.  I'm a fairly new home owner. I have a front yard
about
> 12 x 14 in size.  It's not a big patch but it's enough to plant flowers in
the
> summer.  I spend all this money planting flowers in the spring and by the
time
> the middle of the summer comes, my flowers have hardly grown and my front
yard
> is overwhelmed with weeds.   I work all day, I'm 50 out of shape and,
> overweight.  I don't want to spend my weekends on my knees pulling weed.
Even
> when I do pull weed, I find that when I turn around again there's still
weed
> coming up in another spot.  I have several types of weed.

> What can I do this year to get rid of the ugly weed taking over my yard?
Do I
> dig it all up and put something down that would get rid of the weed (don't
know
> what to put down).  If I did put something down would it kill the little
bit of
> flowers I do have growing.  It's no longer a pretty sight. If it's too
late for
> this year is there something I need to do now to prepare me for next year
> HELP!!

There are two types of weed: 1) annuals and 2) perennials.  Annual weeds are
relatively easy to deal with.  You just have to prevent the seeds from
germinating.  The plants that you have now will not be back next year.  You
can use a pre-emergent herbicide like Preen to prevent them from seeding
next year's crop.  You need to put it down in the very early spring and
repeat it later in the summer.  It usually lasts for about 4 -5  months for
me.  Preen will not kill the existing plants and it will not hurt your
flowering plants.  Perennial weeds are a bit tougher to deal with.  You can
pull them or apply a herbicide like Roundup.  In flower beds the best way to
apply the Roundup is to paint it on the weeds with a brush or a sponge.
Roundup will kill the existing plants and prevent them from reproducing
and/or spreading.  One way to prevent both kinds of weeds is to interrupt
their life cycle.  Don't let them go to seed.

Once your are weed free, you can make life easier by putting down a couple
of inches of mulch.  It will take some time, but eventually the weeds will
be manageable and take very little time to control.

 
 
 

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Post by Shell » Thu, 18 Jul 2002 13:15:37


Cindy, You can try beer traps to get rid of the slugs, but I wouldn't try to
get rid of the worms. They help to keep the soil healthy, and cause no harm
to your garden. A lot of us here actually try to make our gardens more
hospitable for worms. ;)

To make a beer trap, simply put out small, relatively shallow containers (an
inch or two high) in any place you have slug damage. Fill them half full
with beer. If you go out to check them the next day, you will probably find
them full of slugs. You can empty them and refill with beer.

Good luck!
Shelly
Zone 4b


Quote:
> Wondering also about weeds. I have dandelions with roots as big as
carrots!
> And even when I dig up a huge root I still see that it has been ripped on
> the tip. Can more weeds grow with little bits of root still in the soil?
> Also, I bought something called Preen by Greenview. It says it's for
Gardens
> & Beds...around flowers, bulbs, roses, shrubs, trees and
veggies....However
> I wanted to ask if anyone has used this before I sprinlke it around my
> flowers and plants. Aslo found a lot of slugs and worms...yuck. How can I
> get rid of these???

> Cindy



> > Hi all,
> > I have a weed problem.  I'm a fairly new home owner. I have a front yard
> about
> > 12 x 14 in size.  It's not a big patch but it's enough to plant flowers
in
> the
> > summer.  I spend all this money planting flowers in the spring and by
the
> time
> > the middle of the summer comes, my flowers have hardly grown and my
front
> yard
> > is overwhelmed with weeds.   I work all day, I'm 50 out of shape and,
> > overweight.  I don't want to spend my weekends on my knees pulling weed.
> Even
> > when I do pull weed, I find that when I turn around again there's still
> weed
> > coming up in another spot.  I have several types of weed.

> > What can I do this year to get rid of the ugly weed taking over my yard?
> Do I
> > dig it all up and put something down that would get rid of the weed
(don't
> know
> > what to put down).  If I did put something down would it kill the little
> bit of
> > flowers I do have growing.  It's no longer a pretty sight. If it's too
> late for
> > this year is there something I need to do now to prepare me for next
year
> > HELP!!

 
 
 

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Post by Joel » Thu, 18 Jul 2002 21:36:01


Quote:
>Aslo found a lot of slugs and worms...yuck. How can I
>get rid of these???

You may not want the slugs but you definately do not want to get rid of the
worms - they do wonderful things for your soil.

Joelle
If you want to make God laugh, tell him what you are doing tomorrow
Father Mike

 
 
 

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Post by Otis Cribblecobli » Fri, 19 Jul 2002 00:07:57


Mulch, Mulch, Mulch! Not only does it inhibit the growth of weeds already in the
ground, but any that start next season can be pulled out without a struggle. Nice,
no? If the weeds don't get sun, they can't grow.

Secondly, mulching has the added benefit of assisting soil moisture retention, so
you can cut back on your watering, whether you've got grass only or flowers &
shrubs. If you have just a dirt patch, before you plant, you could lay down some
black "weed cloth" available at Home Depot. Lay the bark on thick, 2 or 3 " is
good. A moist soil makes any weed pulling a breeze.

Some cities have free mulch at their community recycling center(s); compost might
cost you a little more. While you're at Home Depot, you can also purchase chipped
bark for $3 for a 2 cu. ft. bag.

If you haven't yet planted, or are rethinking a strategy for next season, why not
consider "native plant materials" for your garden? Plants that are "native" to your
area, have a better chance of growing and remaining part of your landscape. Once
they become part of your garden, you needn't water them but once or twice a month.
You can contact a landscape architect for a plant list, contact your local nursery
or your local college or university. Ask for the horticulture dept; they'll be
happy to assist you. With the weed cloth, mulch and native plants, you're weed
pulling will be kept to a minimum this time next year, guaranteed.

For further reasons to plant "native plants", contact:   www.cnps.org

Bonne Chance!

Alain

Quote:

> Hi all,
> I have a weed problem.  I'm a fairly new home owner. I have a front yard about
> 12 x 14 in size.  It's not a big patch but it's enough to plant flowers in the
> summer.  I spend all this money planting flowers in the spring and by the time
> the middle of the summer comes, my flowers have hardly grown and my front yard
> is overwhelmed with weeds.   I work all day, I'm 50 out of shape and,
> overweight.  I don't want to spend my weekends on my knees pulling weed.  Even
> when I do pull weed, I find that when I turn around again there's still weed
> coming up in another spot.  I have several types of weed.

> What can I do this year to get rid of the ugly weed taking over my yard? Do I
> dig it all up and put something down that would get rid of the weed (don't know
> what to put down).  If I did put something down would it kill the little bit of
> flowers I do have growing.  It's no longer a pretty sight. If it's too late for
> this year is there something I need to do now to prepare me for next year
> HELP!!

 
 
 

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Post by Frogl » Mon, 22 Jul 2002 22:03:08




Quote:
>Wondering also about weeds. I have dandelions with roots as big as carrots!
>And even when I dig up a huge root I still see that it has been ripped on
>the tip. Can more weeds grow with little bits of root still in the soil?
>Also, I bought something called Preen by Greenview. It says it's for Gardens
>& Beds...around flowers, bulbs, roses, shrubs, trees and veggies....However
>I wanted to ask if anyone has used this before I sprinlke it around my
>flowers and plants. Aslo found a lot of slugs and worms...yuck. How can I
>get rid of these???

Yes, many weeds can grow from little bits of roots. One promotional
pamphlet (Scotts?) showed a dandelion that was dynamited! Left a
crater about 5' across. Next pic was many, many small dandelions that
had happily grown from root fragments in a couple of months.

A broadleaf weedkiller like WeedBGon, or a general herbicide like
RoundUp will kill weeds (AND anything else they're sprayed on/applied
to). I'm not sure about WeedBGon's 'down through the root'
characteristics, but RoundUp really does extinguish stuff (except
Vinca and ivy) entirely. Both are applied to the foliage and work best
if applied just in advance of a bright, sunny day. They *do* wash off,
so applying before a rain is a waste of time & money.

Preen works on seeds of weeds (and presumably anything else) to
prevent germination.

Mulch helps a lot, but is not a permanent solution. Most eventually
decay, and weeds are very determined growers. A newspaper barrier plus
mulch is pretty effective, but also breaks down over time. Regular
re-application of mulch will make weed control much easier.

Note: Dandelion, lamb's quarters, and plaintain are all edible,
'though not particularly tasty. I have a personal theory that if you
can find a culinary use for something and actively seek it out for
harvest, it will disappear on its own. :-)