Controlling weeds that have gone to seed

Listen 53:13

Weed woes can get really ugly when those weeds have gone to seed. On the latest episode of You Bet Your Garden, host Mike McGrath gives the details on how to get rid of those weeds without planting next year’s crop of crab grass. Plus, your fabulous phone calls!

Question of the Week:

“I’m looking for advice on how to get an area of my garden back under control without using chemicals. I failed to keep up with the weeding in a section of my vegetable garden that is about fifteen by 30 feet. It had crabgrass, clover and a few other weeds that went to seed. I ripped them all out as best I could, but can’t get all the roots out—and I can see that a lot of seed has scattered on the surface of the soil. I wonder if covering the area with impermeable black plastic until next May would kill everything? Or maybe it makes things worse by keeping the area warm enough for the weeds to survive the winter?”
—Kat in Leesburg, Virginia

Mike’s fiery response »

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