Tilling ground full of weeds

finkzilla51June 5, 2009

I just bought my house a year ago and there are about 3 different weeds growing like mad. I suspect my neighbors are becoming irritated so I decided to do something about it. I'm very new at gardening and I thought that tilling the ground would get rid of them. I didn't do my research very well. Anyway, I just tilled the ground. The weeds are scattered everywhere. What do I do now? Do I leave them there? Rake them up?? My original plan was to spread clay buster and fertilizer and plant drought resistant plants but I'm not so sure what to do before this. Any help will be grately appreciated.

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hortster(6a, southcentral KS)

First - in this forum if you want help you need to provide digital pictures of the weeds. No one will know what to tell you if we don't know the weeds with which you are dealing. Some weeds can be killed by tilling, some weeds can be SPREAD by tilling, some can be eliminated by mowing or hand weeding, some by applications of various products. Post picures.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2009 at 11:45PM
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Tilling those "weeds" in allowed them to become part of the organic matter your soil probably needs, although tilling also brought up more "weed" seeds that could germinate and grow requiring tilling again, or covering with a good mulch.
More than likely what your soil really needs is lots of organic matter more than something called claybuster fertilizer.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2009 at 9:03AM
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morz8(Washington Coast Z8b)

Claybuster - Aged compost with addition of horticultural pumice. More expensive than some bagged composts but a useful product.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2009 at 11:38AM
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The directions for use that I see about a couple of different, it appears, products called claybuster is to add a small amount to your clay soil in that planting hole which most likely will make it much easier for moisture to flow into that planting hole but since the soil outside of that planting hole has not been changed the water will not be able to flow out and will then result in your having a planting hole filled with water with no place to go which will drown your plants. Probably not a good thing to do.
Clay soils need a lot of organic matter spread over a very large area to prevent that type of occurance.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2009 at 7:23AM
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It looks like, then, I shouldn't use a tiller to get rid of weeds. I'll just do it manually.

    Bookmark   October 26, 2011 at 4:13PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

vgrandja, feel free to start your own discussion, and include pics of your weeds if possible. As hortster said 2 years ago, the preferred method for eradicating a weed depends on the particular weed.

    Bookmark   October 27, 2011 at 9:55AM
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The "preferred" method of "weed" control depends on a number of factors, but not hte particular "weed". For some the "preferred" method is to spray poisons all over the place while for others the "weeds" must be pulled and thrown away because those people do not understand those "weeds" used valuable nutrients from the soil they grew in and tossing them wastes those nutrients.
For some of us simply covering the "weeds" is the best method even though we know some (Quack Grass for one) will simply grow through and need to be pulled out later.

    Bookmark   October 29, 2011 at 7:30AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Kim, if you didn't make assumptions and attack people on something they were NOT going to say, it would be a lot better, if you would actually read these dicussions instead of spending all of your time up on your preachy soapbox spouting sound bytes.

I don't appreciate your assumption about what I left unsaid and am sick of seeing you do it to other people, too. You spend a lot of time and effort attacking blindly, taking things out of context, weirdly arguing with people who share your viewpoint. It's maddening! Everyone besides you is NOT always wrong in some "implied" way.

When some new member asks a brand-new question on a years-old discussion, they don't usually respond to answers to their questions, so I find it useless to go into much detail in those cases. If you would like to add details in those instances, feel free to, but please stop attacking people for things they didn't even say.

    Bookmark   October 31, 2011 at 1:04PM
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purpleinopp, sorry you misread what I said and took offense at it. I did not attack you, or even imply that you were wrong. I simply offered another view point, which is the purpose of these forums.

    Bookmark   November 5, 2011 at 7:00AM
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If you have annuals, mulching & or tilling will stop everything. A good blanket of mulch 2-4 inches deep will stop seeds.
If you have perennial grasses, wild garlic/onions,wild blackberry/dewberry.
Then tilling will help them grow & spread.
Forget the hoe or rake, a shovel & sweat will slow these weeds down.
Round-up if you are not an organic gardener, will help.
But I know a field that still has these weeds & it was sprayed with round-up 2 year in a row & burned the third year. The gardener moved his garden after that.

    Bookmark   December 13, 2011 at 4:43PM
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