Need help with sunflower sprouts

GardenNewbie73(6)May 28, 2013

I am very new to gardening and made a really big mistake when tilling a new bed in my yard. We decided to put it in an area where we used to have bird feeders. We tilled down several inches and then mulched. Two days later we planted several shrubs and perennials in the new bed. It looked fabulous until the next morning when we found dozens of sprouts coming up throughout the bed. We pulled them but just hours later dozens more came up. Upon some research online, they look to be sunflower sprouts. Is there anyway to stop them from coming up without digging up everything and starting from scratch? I really don't want to risk losing hundreds of dollars worth of plants but also don't want to either spend weeks pulling up sprouts every day or ending up with sunflowers growing all over my manicured bed. HELP!

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Use a pre-emergent like corn gluten meal or Preen. These prevent seeds either from germinating or developing a root system if they do germinate but have no effect on established plants like your shrubs or perennials. Mulching will help also but IME, you need a pretty thick mulch to deter sunflower seedlings.

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