Overwhelmed by weeds...

peachymomo(Ca 8)April 21, 2012

Does anyone else feel like the weeds are on steroids this year? I was in the garden yesterday and I noticed grasses that were taller than my kiwi arbor and the two year old kiwi vines on it.

I'm just getting over a little cold and walking through the garden all I can see is all the work I've got to get done - sooner rather than later. It's a tad overwhelming...

So, how thickly do you have to pile mulch to kill weeds that are currently thriving? Is mulch not enough? Should I put cardboard or newspaper down below the mulch?


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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA

Later rains interspersed with warm ups. It's a bad year for weeds. Chop them down, layer with cardboard or 4 sheets of newspaper and put mulch 3 to 4" thick. Or, spray with RoundUp (or pickling vinegar if you don't want to use an herbicide), cardboard/newspaper, mulch.

Patty S.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2012 at 12:35PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

I used Round-up on a regular basis when I first started trying to tame this half-acre 12-15 years ago. Once I got the weeds under control, I started planting a little bit at a time, but to tell you the truth, I still weed weekly during the "rainy" season. I never go into the yard without pulling a few piles of weeds. I don't think it will ever end.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2012 at 1:59PM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

Spreading out 10 yards of mulch every year is agony, but the result is no weeds. I try to get it done in January before the weeds have a chance to get going.

Yes as Patty said, late rains interspersed with warmth has sure made everything grow.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2012 at 5:59PM
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yukkuri_kame(Sunset 19 / USDA 9)

Yeah, overwhelmed by how tasty they are!

Sow Thistle
Wood Sorrel
Wild Mustard

Sure beats going to the supermarket & doctor. Wish I could identify more of the weeds in my yard!

My strategy for weed control is to plant densely, mulch a lot and allow useful weeds to flourish, while removing the more noxious ones.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2012 at 7:18PM
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peachymomo(Ca 8)

Well I'm feeling much better today. My wonderful bf helped by mowing and weed whacking and I was able to finish weeding my new flower bed and two of my three berry beds. I just couldn't bear to pull the borage out of the third bed because the bees were enjoying it so much, the little blueberry bushes will just have to tolerate being crowded for a month or so.

Now I just have to finish up around the fig tree, grape and kiwi vines, and fruit trees. Then I will be ready to start spreading newspaper and mulch... and then I can get started on my veggy garden.

It's neverending! But I wouldn't give it up for the world ;oP

    Bookmark   April 22, 2012 at 12:21PM
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Though it wouldn't work for every zone or every garden style .... Nasturtiums are my winter - into- spring ground cover .... they shade out any weed growth and are so easy to pull when it's time to get serious in the garden ... and they make wonderful cheerful little posies to take to shut-ins.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2012 at 1:18PM
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peachymomo(Ca 8)

I've seen overwintered stands of nasturtiums down in Southern California, they are beautiful. I love nasturtiums but they aren't tough enough to withstand our frosts so I grow them as annuals, I have some healthy volunteers sprouting so I had to pull the weeds around them very carefully.

A lot of houses around here have Vinca as a groundcover to suppress weeds, but it's so aggressive I wouldn't want to plant it near my fruits or veggies. I think I'll mainly just pile on the mulch, but in my flower and veggy beds I'm going to start experimenting with Thyme and Sweet Alyssum as groundcovers.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2012 at 9:29AM
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There is an up side to weeding: privacy! There's nothing like going out to weed, to guarantee a little alone time :)

    Bookmark   April 23, 2012 at 12:53PM
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If you sheet mulch (using cardboard layers), make sure that any separate pieces of cardboard overlap by at least 6".

    Bookmark   April 24, 2012 at 1:16AM
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Cardboard works great and you can cover it with something prettier. Dandelion leaves were very tasty this spring. They help with circulation and guard against spider veins.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2012 at 11:58PM
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