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How To Get Rid Of Weeds In Vegetable Garden

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How To Get Rid Of Weeds In Vegetable Garden

Tips Avoid unintentionally planting weeds. Only purchase potting mix, topsoil or mulch that is labeled “weed free.” Otherwise, you may be adding weeds to your vegetable garden as you add your soil or mulch. Remove all weeds before they begin to seed, not only in your vegetable garden, but also in your yard. The wind can blow weed seeds from the yard into your vegetable garden. Begin removing weeds in late winter or early spring before the weeds begin invasive growth. Do not position bird feeders near vegetable gardens. The dropped seeds from bird feeders can result in weeds. Keep bird feeders at least 30 feet (9.14 m) away from vegetable gardens. Don’t cut your grass too short. This allows more sunlight to reach the soil and increases the chance of weed seeds germinating and growing.
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How To Get Rid Of Weeds In Vegetable Garden

Avoid unintentionally planting weeds. Only purchase potting mix, topsoil or mulch that is labeled “weed free.” Otherwise, you may be adding weeds to your vegetable garden as you add your soil or mulch. Remove all weeds before they begin to seed, not only in your vegetable garden, but also in your yard. The wind can blow weed seeds from the yard into your vegetable garden. Begin removing weeds in late winter or early spring before the weeds begin invasive growth. Do not position bird feeders near vegetable gardens. The dropped seeds from bird feeders can result in weeds. Keep bird feeders at least 30 feet (9.14 m) away from vegetable gardens. Don’t cut your grass too short. This allows more sunlight to reach the soil and increases the chance of weed seeds germinating and growing.
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How To Get Rid Of Weeds In Vegetable Garden

Weeding Tips The best time to tackle weeding chores is right after irrigating or a rainfall. It’s easiest to pull or dig weeds out in their entirety when the ground is soft. To avoid feeling overwhelmed, tackle a small space every day, rotating throughout your garden. It’s certainly easier to face weeding in small increments than it is to face weeding your entire yard. Get more tips to make your gardening tasks easier. After weeds are pulled or dug out, remove them entirely from the garden. Some weeds can grow back or go to seed if left where they are. Keep weeds out of the compost pile unless you are able to maintain heat high enough to kill any weed seeds. Most home compost piles don’t get that hot. Get tips for making your own compost! For a simple, chemical-free way to kill vegetation, try boiling water. A teakettle is an effective way to deliver a stream of heated water between the cracks of concrete or bricks. Just realize that everything the water touches will die from the heat, not just weeds. Plant cover crops to reduce weeds. A cover crop, sometimes called green manure, is a fast-growing beneficial plant that outcompetes weeds for light and nutrients. Cover crops include wheat, barley, oats, rye, sorghum, and sudangrass. Some even release weed-suppressing natural chemicals while they’re growing or decomposing. They can be planted any time during the growing season, then plowed or turned under when it’s time to plant vegetables or flowers.
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How To Get Rid Of Weeds In Vegetable Garden

We are often asked, “What is the best way to weed my vegetable garden?” Depending on the size of your vegetable bed, it is often best to hoe in weeds as long as they haven’t gone to seed. Hand weed the ones that have seed heads or you will just be planting them when you hoe. Weeds are like any other vegetation and will compost into the soil adding nutrients. Hoeing is easy on the knees and less time consuming than hand weeding an entire bed. Keep weeds out of a vegetable garden by hoeing weekly before the plants have time to get big and cause a problem.
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How To Get Rid Of Weeds In Vegetable Garden

Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais If you were to track every hour spent in your garden, you would probably find that you do an inordinate amount of weeding. And while the first few weeks of tearing up these intruders can prove mildly satisfying, the chore soon wears thin. Even more maddening—you are just six simple strategies away from your garden not needing weeds anymore. What’s that? A garden needs weeds? Weeds are nature’s healing remedy for sites that are in a wounded, plantless state, but weeds and gardeners have different ideas of what makes for a good recovery. Armed with a better understanding of weeds and the strategies outlined here, you can win every future skirmish, giving you more time to enjoy your well-groomed garden.
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How To Get Rid Of Weeds In Vegetable Garden

If you were to track every hour spent in your garden, you would probably find that you do an inordinate amount of weeding. And while the first few weeks of tearing up these intruders can prove mildly satisfying, the chore soon wears thin. Even more maddening—you are just six simple strategies away from your garden not needing weeds anymore. What’s that? A garden needs weeds? Weeds are nature’s healing remedy for sites that are in a wounded, plantless state, but weeds and gardeners have different ideas of what makes for a good recovery. Armed with a better understanding of weeds and the strategies outlined here, you can win every future skirmish, giving you more time to enjoy your well-groomed garden.
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How To Get Rid Of Weeds In Vegetable Garden

Learn about post-emergent herbicides. Post-emergent herbicides are designed to kill weeds that have already grown. Any type of herbicide should be used cautiously, as they have the potential to kill desirable plants as well, potentially even ones planted in neighboring gardens. Match your herbicide to your type of weed, and check that it does not have any harmful effects on your specific vegetable crops. Use these guidelines to begin your research: Herbicides containing trifluralin can be used to control grass weeds, but these are banned in the European Union. Herbicides with sethoxidym, including Poast, can also be used to control grass weeds. Herbicides containing glyphosate, including Roundup, kill many plants, weeds and otherwise, and should only be used in a vegetable garden if the label specifically provides instructions for it.
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How To Get Rid Of Weeds In Vegetable Garden

Remove weeds by hand or small tool. Hand-pulling weeds can be a slow process, but is often necessary when weeds sprout too close to vegetables to risk swinging a hoe. This also allows you to remove the roots of large weeds as well as the surface plant, preventing the same weed from growing again. Using a tool such as a gardening trowel or Hori-Hori knife may make this task easier and reduce strain on your hands. Pruning shears are notoriously un-ergonomic, which can causes problems such as arthritis. When choosing pruners, make sure that they fit your hand well and don’t require excessive push to move the blades. For weeds growing next to small crops, press your fingers down on either side of the weed to keep soil in place while pulling. Removing weeds is easier while the soil is beginning to dry out from a watering. However, avoid walking on or pressing wet soil, which can reduce aeration.
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Weeding Tools Your hands are often the best all-purpose weeding tools, but when you need a little more power, try one of these. Cutting and scraping tools work best for sliding behind and beneath weeds to chop stems from roots. Use angled triangular blades to weed cracks and crevices. Fishtail or taproot weeders have a V-shape tip on the end of a long tool that you slip on either side of a weed stem (such as a dandelion) to pry the root from the soil. Digging knives (also called hori-horis) are versatile tools that can dig holes, divide perennials, dig taproot weeds, and scrape weed seedlings from the soil. Oscillating hoes have sharp-edge stirrup-shape blades and long handles. Eradicate weeds by moving the blade back and forth in the soil. These work well in a vegetable garden when you want to sever young weeds between rows. Get our tool-sharpening tips.
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Vegetable gardens are threatened throughout the growing season by numerous factors ranging from problematic environmental conditions to pests, diseases and weeds. Prior to establishing a garden in an area for the first time or between growing seasons, especially where weeds have had a significant presence in previous seasons, treatment for weeds and weed seeds is warranted. There are both chemical and nonchemical treatment options you can use to effectively kill weeds and weed seeds.
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A weed is any plant that poses a threat or is a nuisance. Weeds can grow in lawns, fields, gardens or any outdoor area. Typically invasive, weeds rob vegetable plants of resources needed for growth, including nutrients, water and sunlight. Weeds also host pathogens that can infect a garden with vegetative diseases. While there is no way to permanently eliminate weeds without killing your vegetables, there are many strategies you can use to minimize weed growth.
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Weeds 101 There are two types of weeds. The first type produces enormous quantities of seeds. These weeds are easy to pull or hoe, but new ones keep appearing. The second type is harder to kill, often because these weeds have persistent underground roots or other parts that can sprout into new plants. And then you have the mighty dandelion, which combines the best (or worst) of both types. When weeding, extract the entire root because even a small part can regenerate the plant. A 2-inch-thick layer of mulch helps prevent seeds from germinating and makes those that emerge easier to remove. Learn how to identify different types of weeds.

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