Spring weed explosion...help.

topsiebeezelbub(z7 Al)May 29, 2013

My winter garden did great and the bed I was saving for tomatoes was warming up when ground ivy, Glechoma hederacei, attacked. It was very rainy and I couldn't get outside. By the time I did the ground ivy was a foot thick all over, It swamped the snow peas, and I have spent days and days getting it pulled out so I can plant summer vegies. What can I do next year to avoid this? Other than chickweed, there are no other weed problems. I did newspaper and mulch last fall, but the ground ivy loved that! I know I am leaving lots of roots and it will come back.

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afishlady(8b)

Try cardboard and mulch this summer and keep that around your plants this year. Try planting something aggressive or fast there in the spring to smother the ivy. You could do a thick sowing of bush beans and follow with sweet potatoes in summer.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2013 at 1:33PM
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afishlady(8b)

Try cardboard and mulch this summer and keep that around your plants this year. Try planting something aggressive or fast there in the spring to smother the ivy. You could do a thick sowing of bush beans and follow with sweet potatoes in summer.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2013 at 1:35PM
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gardengirl101

I used this great organic spray called Burnout. It is made from clove oil and citric acid. I was told to use it on a sunny day and when I sprayed the weeds instantly looked like they had literally burned up. Since spraying them I have had to do another application on the taproot weeds like dandelions but it seems to be taxing them and not coming up as quickly.

Here is a link that might be useful: Burnout weed killer

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 7:07PM
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