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Q.Gardening And Weedkiller

Zone 15235 | Anonymous added on June 5, 2021 | Answered

Yes I have a question about gardening. I am a first time gardener and very excited to get started. My husband and I just moved and, luckily for me, the previous owner was a gardener and built these beautiful beds. Over the years that the house was unoccupied weeds grew in the bed and unfortunately my husband sprayed them with weed killer without telling me. I’ve heard that the solution to that is digging up 6-12in, putting cardboard down, and putting 6-12in of garden soil on top. I’m a bit nervous because I won’t have the earth soil to mix with my garden soil. Is there another type of soil that I can mix with my garden soil to substitute?

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Answered on June 12, 2021

You can use the same soil that had weed killer in it. The weed killer breaks down quickly and does not remain in your soil. You could mix in some compost or aged manure if you want to give it a boost, then plant away. (You can check on the bottle of weed killer for days to wait to plant.)

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