Weed Control Strategies

Learn about successful weed control strategies from Gardeners Almanac experts located in every region of the country.


| December 2002/January 2003



Weed control strategies from the experts. Grass clippings are the perfect garden mulch — they suppress weeds and cost nothing. Plus they're rich in nitrogen and other nutrients, so you'll need little or no additional fertilizer.

Weed control strategies from the experts. Grass clippings are the perfect garden mulch — they suppress weeds and cost nothing. Plus they're rich in nitrogen and other nutrients, so you'll need little or no additional fertilizer.


PHOTO: DAVID CAVAGNARO

These weed control strategies from our gardening experts across the country will help you control weeds in your garden.

Weed Control Strategies

In this special edition, meet the cast of expert gardeners who contribute to each issue's Almanac, and discover their weed control strategies.

New England & Maritime Canada
Roberta Bailey, Waterville, Maine

An organic gardener for 25 years, Roberta's current passions are breeding hot peppers and growing lots of garlic. Fourteen years ago she joined Fedco Seeds where she tracks inventory, and raises and tests seed crops. Fedco is a worker/consumer-owned cooperative. Roberta describes Fedco as a "no frills, seasonal mail-order business, providing quality products at affordable prices while paying employees a living wage. We sell only untreated seed, the best of the hybrids and open-pollinated and heirloom varieties."

[Fedco Seeds;Waterville, Maine; www.fedcoseeds.com]

"My favorite weed control is mulching. It controls weeds, regulates moisture, encourages microbial activity and looks great. Over sod or very weedy areas, I lay down cardboard then cover it with straw, hay, grass clippings or wood chips. The sod dies, the cardboard rots away, the ground gets fed. Any weeds that do poke through are easily pulled. I use this method between rows of berries, asparagus and perennials, and around the grape arbor and fruit trees. It's great for killing sod and opening up new ground."





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