Words on weeds

6 Nov

During nature’s transition from fall to winter, we have a few words on weeds.  The best deterrent are plants with dense root system like hostas, day lilies and oregano.  A weed may come up on the perimeter of the planting but never in the thick of them.

The next two recommendations have to do with making inevitable weeding easier.  The first is to have the soil amended so it minimizes compaction.  The second is to time one’s effort to follow significant rainfall.

In suburban gardens, the term weed also applies to tree seedlings that volunteer in flower beds.  The challenge is two-fold; the volume/quantity and the importance of getting the entire root.  Not getting the whole root means they will emerge again another day.  I found a Pro-weeder this year that I highly recommend.  It goes 12 inches deep!


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