Return to the New to Gardening Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Need help with sunflower sprouts

Posted by GardenNewbie73 6 (My Page) on
Tue, May 28, 13 at 22:53

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!


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Need help with sunflower sprouts

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.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the New to Gardening Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here