The Q&A Archives: How To Weed Maple Seedlings

Question: Last year's rain must have produced a bumper crop of maple seedlings. I have been inundated with them all over my gardens and lawn. How is the best way to get rid of them? Right now they're about 3-4 inches tall. Can I cut them off at the soil level with my hoe or do I need to do something more drastic? I can pull them out in my garden beds, but the ones that are in my groundcover and bare areas are too numerous. I've had different people tell me different things. I'd rather not use weed killer as they're all over the place. HELP!

Answer: As long as they are still small the hoeing should do the trick; repeated mowing in the lawn area should also do them in. It is better though in groundcover areas to pull them out by the roots if possible, this being most easily accomplished when the soil is very moist. Alternatively, in planted areas, a quick well-aimed wipe (as opposed to a spray) with a bit of herbicide containing glyphosate will do them in. In bare areas, hoeing, pulling or spot treatment with glyphosate would be possible.

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