Unable to Weed/What's Going to Happen?

flowerbrackob(z4 WI)June 6, 2006

I'm to have hip surgery and will not be able to do the chore; I even enjoy weeding, it's like therapy. Albeit I'll be doing

a totally different therapy.

Is It Possible To Let Them Be? I even wonder if I can't do it at all, and have to leave them until frost/winter, will they choke out the perennials?

Or:maybe the winter will just kill them? I've also seen products that spray on lawns, kill the weeds and Do Not Kill the Grass;would that products work on the beds too?

More than worried for my ten years of work on my fleurs of sanity they create for me.

WHAT TO DO??????? HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Jaemy

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bambooo(6 CT USA)

heavy mulch

    Bookmark   June 6, 2006 at 10:56PM
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gardener_sandy

Ditto what bambooo said. If you can still work in the beds, mulch with pretty much anything organic you can get. The weeds might not kill the perennials you want to keep but there's an old saying, "one years seeds equal seven years weeds." The weeds will produce millions of seeds and give you fits over the next few years. Plus, a well mulched bed will be less likely to suffer from any drought you get this summer.

The herbicides for lawns kill broad leaf plants and most perennials fall into that category. There is at least one herbicide that kills grass but not broad leaf plants. If you use that, be sure to read the label carefully since it's not safe on all ornamental perennials either.

Good luck with your surgery. Maybe you could supervise somebody else doing the weeding this summer. It would be a good learning experience for some young person in your neighborhood or some young family member with a stronger back and hips. Use a stick to point to the "weeds" as opposed to the desirable plants. Lessons in horticulture and experience in caring for others are invaluable.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2006 at 5:41PM
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