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Battling weeds


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March 2, 2013 — Love to garden, but hate having to battle weeds? Mike McGrath ends your weed woes with a little trick we call the Stale Seed Bed. Plus your fabulous phone calls!


Question of the Week

My Significant Other and I are at odds when it comes to weeding—I am a weeder and he is not-though he thinks he is. I remove weeds down to the roots, and then loosely rake the area to loosen up any remaining roots I may have missed. My Better Half uses the “Grab and Yank” method, leaving many roots in the ground. Then he tosses what he rips out over the fence, scattering any seeds the weeds may have developed to regrow and blow back over into our garden. He insists they don’t regenerate, and I don’t see how they can’t. Now, he is an avid composter, organic through and through and I love him dearly—but it has gotten to the point where we can’t be in the yard at the same time while I’m weeding because he’ll offer to ‘help’. Mike: Pleeeeasssse set one or both of us straight on weeding! Get the answer »
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  • Carolyn Marvin

    Is there a non toxic way to kill once and for all those pesky little plants that are trying to get a foothold by growing in the seam where the front wall of my rowhouse meets the sidewalk?

    Thanks,

    Carolyn in Philly

    • Sarah Kaizar

      Hi Carolyn — Mike McGrath read your question and advises: “No; Nature abhors a vacuum and something green will always colonize that space; better you should deliberately plant something nice and low growing and stable than leave it to chance…”



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