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Manage Weeds with Success

Expand your weed-management toolbox with these tried-and-true tactics.

By Jessica Walliser

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I have always battled weeds in my gardens. My biggest problem is properly differentiating between a weed and a sprouting plant that I want in my gardens. These are good points and I will make sure to refer back to this information often.
Lyn, Duluth, MN
Posted: 1/29/2012 10:52:03 PM
One simple thing I've learned over the years. No-till eventually equals no crop.
Get rid of the weeds by proper tilling methods. And it can be done without chemicals too. If they get away on you, plant a fall crop to get rid of them, then go back to spring crops.
Sometimes the old methods turn out to be the best.
Allen, Kipling, SK
Posted: 1/28/2012 10:09:25 PM
That's a very good question, Derek. It was one of the weed ecologists I interviewed for the article who noted that weeds that are allowed to remain in certain areas of the landscape year round will cycle nutrients. They do so by using nutrients from the soil to put on new growth throughout the growing season. At the end of the year, these plants die back and eventually this debris decomposes and returns those nutrients back to the soil.
Jessica Walliser, Sewickley, PA
Posted: 12/13/2011 5:42:09 AM
Excellent article. I have one question though - how do weeds help cycle nutrients?
Derek, Chicago, IL
Posted: 12/9/2011 10:37:26 AM
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