Weed Control

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  1. Overgrown Garden
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  3. Natural Home Remedies to Kill Chickweed
  4. Weed Killer in Vegetable Garden
  5. Weeding With Salt
  6. Pet Friendly Weed Killer
  7. Grass in a Garden
Asked by Anonymous on April 2, 2011
Overgrown Garden

I purchased a house with extensive gardens that have been neglected for two years. It’s my first house and first garden, so I am truly a novice. I got advice from an experienced gardener in the fall to cut back everything and see what grows in the spring, then pull out what seems to be weeds. Now I have two flower beds that have more grass growing than plants. Is there a way to address the weeds/grass other than pulling each out by hand?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

You can try Round-up with a spray shield to direct the spray. This site will explain how to make a spray shield:
http://www.thisgardenisillegal.com/2006/05/how-to-make-soda-bottle-weed-killer.html

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Asked by Anonymous on April 4, 2011
Killing Lawn With Vinegar

I love the suggestion of using vinegar to kill grass. I would like to put native plants in (I live in the NW) when the grass has died and been cleared away. Will the soil support these plants? If so, what needs to be done to the area prior to planting?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Vinegar poses no ill effects to the soil. Therefore, there is no need to do anything other than prepare the area for planting, which should be amended with organic matter if at all possible. Also, research the plants that thrive in your area and choose these types of plants or at least those with similar growing requirements.

These articles should also help:
http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/spaces/native-plant-environments.htm
http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/spaces/gardening-with-native-plants.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on April 4, 2011
Natural Home Remedies to Kill Chickweed

I have two kinds of weeds together in my yard and have used fertilizer plus week killer but it comes back every year. Is there a natural liquid that I can mix in my kitchen that will kill these weeds?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Generally, the best way to get rid of chickweed is through manual pulling or the use of an herbicide. The following article can help:
http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/problems/weeds/how-to-kill-chickweed-best-way-to-kill-chickweed.htm

For a more earth-friendly approach, you could try some of the tips in this article: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/organic/homemade-pet-friendly-weed-killer.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on April 6, 2011
Weed Killer in Vegetable Garden

Is it safe to apply weed killer to soil before planting vegetables? What type is best?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Almost all weed killers have a period of time after which where it is safe eat food grown in them. The time varies. Organic solutions may take longer to kill the weeds but are less costly and have a shorter time for safe consumption. Chemical controls tend to be more effective but will take longer to fade.

In short, really they are all technically safe. Which you use in your garden is a personal choice.

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Asked by Anonymous on April 6, 2011
Weeding With Salt

What kind of salt (table, iodine, rock) can be used to control weeds in the spring?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Any kind can be used, but be careful when using it. A salted area will not grow anything, including the plants you want to grow.

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Asked by LIONDEB on April 7, 2011
Pet Friendly Weed Killer

How long will the corn meal last for the weed killer before I have to add more to the soil? Looking for a pet friendly weed killer.

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Corn meal acts as a pre-emergent, meaning it will prevent weeds from germinating but will not kill weeds already growing. I would reapply it monthly.

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Asked by Anonymous on April 12, 2011
Grass in a Garden

Last year I started a flower and vegetable garden on my existing lawn. I tilled the area very thoroughly but still fought the invasion of grass throughout the year. Is there anything I can treat this area with that will kill the grass but not harm the vegetables or flowers? I have tilled the area thoroughly in preparation for planting this weekend. Also, if there is something I can use , should I continue using it after planting to control the spread of grass?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

You may want to consider planting a no-dig garden. This provides the same benefits as a traditional garden but without the hassle of digging or tilling...and is great for knocking out those pesky weeds, especially unwanted grass.

Here is an article or two that you may find helpful: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/starting/how-to-build-a-flower-bed-starting-a-flower-bed-from-scratch.htm
http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/urban/raised-beds-for-urban-settings-no-digging-required.htm

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