Answer: It's usually better to control the weeds all season so that none of them set seed in the garden area, and so that no perennial types grab hold and become a problem later. You can also use the time to improve your soil. Most weeds can be smothered by cutting them off short (let the foliage fall in place, but remove any seeds), covering with several layers of wet newspaper and topping that with several inches of organic mulch such as shredded bark. When you are ready to work the soil the paper and mulch can be dug in as amendments. In the meantime, although it is always a good idea to add organic matter, you should run some basic soil tests and see what other amendments, if any, will need to be added. Your county extension (764-6300) should be able to help you with the tests and interpreting the results. Finally, you should be able to grow a lovely fall vegetable garden, so you might want to get started now.
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