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EARTHSEAME
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I recently moved into a house that had been neglected for three years - the yard was overgrown with three kinds of invasive weed. We dug up the whole yard the first year and laid down a thick mulch of pine straw. That took care of certain types of weeds but our yard was soon infested by bushkiller vine again. This year we've resorted to weed barrier since we really don't want to put Round-Up on anything. If the weed barrier doesn't work, our next method will be to "solarize" the soil which simply involves laying down clear plastic on top of the bed for six weeks during sunny weather. This heats up the soil and kills the roots and seeds.

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I love all of your ideas for getting rid of those awful weeds! I see that one of you left a comment about not being able to find newspapers. I work at the local store, and we save the papers that don't sell. Maybe you could ask at your local store and see if they would save them for you. They just go in the garbage if someone does not want them. Its a great way for both you and the store to save some money. Hope that helps. Sunny


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6/30/10 9:36 P

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Preen is only for stopping seed emerging. So if there is any roots left they will grow. Make sure if you can get all weed and roots out. But the few years old can have an effect or should I say no effect.


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I tried using Preen but it didn't seem to stop the dandelions from popping back up from under the mulch. The container was a few years old so maybe that's why it didn't work.
I may have to try the newspapers.


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If newspapers are scarce, you can also use paper grocery bags, cardboard, even natural fiber rug remnants.


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IT LOOKS LIKE ALOT OF PEOPLE HAVE REPLIED ABOUT NEWSPAPERS AND I WILL TRY THAT IN THE BACK OF THE HOUSE BECAUSE WE HAVEN'T LAID MULCH DOWN YET. STILL PULLING WEEDS UP FRONT EVEN AFTER THE 3 INCHES OF MULCH WE LAID DOWN. WE HAVE HAD ALOT OF HIGH WINDS AND STORMS COME THROUGH HERE LATELY SO I FIGURE THATS WHERE SOME OF MY MULCH HAS WENT.



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Newspapers are wonderful. You can cut your grass, lay many layers of newspaper and put cheap mulch from a sawmill on it and have a beautiful landscape in no time. I've done that around trees to make mowing easier. I also use several pages of my magazines if I run short on newspaper. However, pesky amadillos like to "rototill" right through them.emoticon

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I wish I could use a tiller but we have an underground sprinkler system so that wouldn't work! plus all underground utilities. Also, I heard that it brings up the weed seeds to the top. Is that true? Anyway, I guess I will stick to the newspapers, but I am finding that not many people order newspapers like they did in the past so I am finding it hard to collect them like I did before. Are any others finding this a problem. Plus the newspapers are so much thinner!

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I also use newspapers and have no problems with weeds. I also plant groundcovers in my open spaces and this keeps the weeds down also.

Deb


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I USE NEWSPAPER EVERY YEAR I HOPE TO GET BETTER ABOUT IT.

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I bought a cultivator, like a miniature rotertiller from Home Depot. It is basically a weed eater that takes different attachments & @ my age we are tired of pulling strings so I paid for the elect. start,LOVE IT. Its not very wide,it is small & easly controlable so we can get fairly close to the plants. We do the beds early to turn the roots, killing most the weeds, then i just get an occasional. I will pull those walking to mail box. I raise bees & hate to hear of chemicals being used unless absolutely needed. In the veggie garden I do companion planting.


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Thanks for the tip on using the newspaper. I have tried it in the past but did not use a "layer of 10" so this is probably the reason I did not find this method very successful.

Will try again...thanks so much!

Hugs, Sunny

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I was going to suggest the newspapers, too but I see that it has already been suggested! That has worked for me in the past and now that I am starting again to garden, I will use it once again!

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For the layer of newspaper, I use a good 10-sheet layer that I soak in a 5-gallon bucket before laying down. Then, cover with 3-4 inches minimum of mulch. I've had it last a couple of seasons with little or no weeds.


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I was going to sugest mulch, but some one beat me to it. I also do not use pesticides. Heavy mulch weeds pull out really easily holds moisture and it is GREAT exercise!! emoticonemoticonemoticonemoticonemoticon

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I have been gone for about a month and have not a weed pulled yet. So now you can guess what I will be doing for the rest of the summer. :) I am waiting for the rain tonight so the ground will soften up some.
I also am one to pull by hand and no sprays.
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The best thing I can tell you about weed control is to be consistent with your weeding. I don't use pesticides so you know what that leaves me but I count it as exercise (which it is).

Weed and then mulch.

Here is a link about mulching which I found helpful.

greenacresvista.com/blog/tag/weed-barriers
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Have a GREAT growing day....

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Hi, I'm new here (just haven't gotten around to doing an intro).
I have battled weeds for way too many years. My husband had someone come in and install all the beds that were in a garden plan I paid to have done...never mind there was no way I could get all of them planted in a season or two. So I wound up with a few big flower beds with nothing but weeds. Hideous! emoticon I'd spend all my time weeding those blankety-blank-blank beds and never could get anything planted. Slowly I got one bed planted with shrubs, ornamental grass, etc. I did the newspaper thing and covered with ground leaves. That lasts about one year. Long story short...last summer we bought premium landscape fabric, something I said I'd never do, from Bailey's online. Rainwater and nutrients from mulch or Miracle Grow, etc, can seep through. DH put it down on the beds or areas of beds that are empty, and then covered with mulch. This fall will be the first fall in a long time that I will be able to plant (and not weed!)! Expensive, but worth every red cent we paid for it!

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Mulching around the plants helps a lot. The mulch helps ptevent any weed seeds near the surface from germinating and any seeds that blow in will be eay to pull since they are rooted in the loose mulch rather than the soil. In addition, mulching reduces the need for watering and as the mulch decomposes it adds organic matter to the soil.



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I am also having that problem. I am trying a version of lasagna gardening, by covering the ground around my plants with newspaper or uncoated cardboard and then covering that with compost, then a final layer of mulch. Hopefully I will get some results with this because the weed problem is become very frustrating. I have found that going outside to pull weeds with my ipod on is one of the easiest ways for me get my exercise in.


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Hi Pam welcome to the group....I myself pull weeds by hand in my gardens because I don't believe in using chemicals and pesticides...it all still looks great in my yard....But have you tried weed b-gone that might work.....check out my sparkpage..need anymore adive this is the group to be in..good luck in your journeysemoticon

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hi my names is Pam and I need advise on how to control the weed problem I have in my flower gardens. I have used preen but I am still getting weeds. any solutions ? I spend most of my time pulling weeds and not enjoying planting new flowers . thanks for the advise.

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