Wanted: Share Your Woes About the Worst Garden Weeds


Garden weeds 

Gardeners, we need your help! We’re working on a feature article for 2011 about the 10 worst garden weeds. We all work hard to keep the weeds in check in our gardens, but is there one kind of weed that has been a major headache for you? Which weed, in your opinion, is the worst? And what are your tricks for keeping it at bay?

Thanks for sharing your weedy experiences with us. We’re excited to compile the best tips from regions all around the country about how to deal with those relentless little nutrient-stealers that sprout up around our gardens!

Shelley Stonebrook is MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine’s main gardening editor. She’s passionate about growing healthy, sustainable food and taking care of our environment. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest and .

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6/27/2011 7:28:13 PM

I have to nominate creeping jenny (oxalis) for South Dakota. I've searched the internet for organic solutions as its my garden thats infested but to no avail. I've tried picking, digging, organic otc sprays, and finally settled on cutting it off at the ground weekly with a hoe last year. I recently found an internet article saying that vinegar is suppose to work on a large variety of weeds as does lemon juice for their acidity. I bought 32oz of lemon juice and a gallon of white vinegar. I sprayed down my weeds with a 1/4 lemon juice and 3/4 vinegar mix with no water. In the few hours I waited today I didn't notice any change. I actually read all these posts hoping someone else out there had an organic solution for me. Hopefully tommorow I can let you know all my weeds died in the night but I doubt it.

Laurie Rocke
4/15/2011 9:15:34 PM

Knotweed! My mother planted it as an ornamental 30-40 years ago, and it took over the entire back of my 3/4 acre yard (including growing eight feet high in the dark of a shanty). At first I tried digging it up (Hah!). Then Roundup at 34% (just slowed it down some). Last year my neighbor, a tree farmer, saw it growing into his lot and brought his front end loader over and leveled the place. I threw all the detrius into an old foundation we have on the property. As yet this year, it hasn't put in an appearance but I'm ready! I wish somebody would find a commercial use for this stuff, its so vigorous. I think I have every invasive known to man: poison ivy, japanese barberry, japanese honeysuckle, virginia creeper (I think it mates with the poison ivy), bittersweet, and uncounted garden weeds. I don't complain much about the garden weeds, 'cause they're so much easier to deal with than the shrubs and climbers. And, BTW, don't ask me my opinion of vinca! Whenever I see it for sale at garden centers I start begging passersby to come to my house and dig it up.

1/7/2011 3:51:56 AM

Ive delt with a lot of these weeds esp poison ivy yuck! What ive found works everytime is to mow or weed wack the area in early spring if possable. Then lay 3 to 4 inches of a hot manure..fresh cow manure then 6in of straw or spoiled hay then a solid layer of news paper or card board.I wet it a little as I lay it all down.Then cover it all with black plastic. heavy plastic. This even smothers burmuda grass. I leave it for a year. Then the next year i add my wood frams for a raised bed fill with compost,soil etc and plant.I Never had a problem again as long as I keep the bed mulched.Ive cleared a 24 ft by 48 ft area of poisen ivy,grass and stalky bushes like this.Never turn the ground after youve removed the plastic just add your raised bed.I only raised the bed 8 inches and raised carrots beets etc in it.The cleaned area ends up being compost like dirt.very nice.

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