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  1. How Long to Wait to Plant After Weed Killer Was Sprayed
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Asked by fivehelms on May 13, 2011
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?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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
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?

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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
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

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Alisma
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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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