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Asked by
fivehelms on
May 13, 2011

Q. How Long to Wait to Plant After Weed Killer Was Sprayed

My husband sprayed weed killer on my garden right before I was ready to plant anything. Of course, I went ahead a couple of weeks later and tried to plant veggies, but they all died by the next day. Is there anything I can do to prevent the killer from killling my next attempt, or should I just avoid the garden all together this year?

Answered by
Heather on
May 16, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

Most weed killers have broken down after a week or two. It should be safe to plant now. If you are leery, you can plant just one at first. Most weed killers take effect within 24 hours and if the plant is ok after 24 hours, it should be ok to plant there.

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Asked by
Tracey.young62 on
March 26, 2016

Q. Stinging nettles

Bought house and the garden is huge and completely dominated by stinging nettles. What can I do to kill them and not kill any of the other flowers?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
March 27, 2016
Certified Expert
A.

You will have to pull up these plants to really control them in your garden.
I have this same issue in many areas of my garden, so I do understand the frustration.
The good news is that if you pull them when they first appear, you can get them under control pretty quickly.
Use gloves!
Here are some articles with more information for you.
Just for fun I included some information on harvesting and eating Nettles!

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/nettle/controlling-stinging-nettle.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/nettle/nettle-as-fertilizer.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/nettle/stinging-nettle-greens.htm

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Asked by
gatorgal869 on
September 10, 2016

Q. Stinging Nettles

Want to kill stinging nettle in our yard. I am allergic, as are my children. Can you recommend a product to use, be it herbicide or whatever? I am scared to get near it!

Thanking you in advance

Answered by
Alisma on
September 11, 2016
Certified Expert
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If you choose an herbicide, this article will give you some options:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/weeds/using-herbicide-in-gardens.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/weeds/post-emergent-herbicides.htm

What you would want is a post-emergence herbicide that targets broadleaf plants (plants other than grasses and their relatives) since these would kill the nettle plants but not the surrounding grass. This information and instructions for use will be listed on the label.

These articles describe some organic options. Pouring boiling water on the nettles is a recommended way to kill them.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/weeds/using-organic-herbicides.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/organic/homemade-pet-friendly-weed-killer.htm

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Asked by
Alexwoods88 on
May 12, 2018

Q. Companion plants – nettles

I have heard that plants like stinging nettles increase the oil/resin production of plants growing close to them. If I am growing herbs in pots in a greenhouse for essential oils, is there benefit in putting a couple of nettles in pots with them? Or is the benefit transmitted via the soil ie they have to be planted together (which is not really practical for me)?

Thanks very much!

Answered by
BushDoctor on
May 12, 2018
Certified Expert
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This would be an interaction at the rootzone. This will mean that they need to be planted together to obtain the benefits of being companion plants.

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Asked by
robertabud13 on
August 12, 2018

Q. How can you get rid of Jewelweed and False Nettle. They are both taking over my woods and garden!

Both grow in open shaded areas, ie, in the woods or under plants in rich soil. Butterflies and bees seem to like Jewelweed but the plants are extremely invasive on my property and killing off other plants in the woods and in my garden.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
August 13, 2018
Certified Expert
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Organic and/or conventional foliar herbicides aren't very effective against jewelweed simply because its succulent foliage causes these water-based products to bead on the leaf surface, preventing the product from getting absorbed and taking effect
Since jewelweeds are annuals, a few simple steps will cut down on their population significantly. First and foremost, do not allow them to go to seed. Either weed wack them or pull the plants out before the flowers open so the seeds can't spread. Thankfully, you'll find them to be shallow rooted and quite easy to pull out with nothing more than your hands
This article will help with Dead Nettle control.
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/weeds/purple-deadnettle-control.htm

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