The Q&A Archives: how can Iget rid of dill

Question: We moved to a house that has strawberries at one end dill in the middle and asparagus at hte other end my problem is the DILL has spread throughout the whole garden how can I safely remove dill so as not to hurt strawberries and asparagus?

Answer: There are several strategies to try. First, dill is an annual and will be growing from seed each year. (The dill from last year will have died out during the winter.) In early spring you can lightly rake or use a stirrup hoe to disturb just the surface of the soil; this should prevent many seeds from germinating. Do not hoe deeply as this will bring additional weed seeds of all kinds to the surface where they will germinate. Then put a layer of organic mulch over the garden to prevent seeds from germinating as the season goes on. Your strawberries and asparagus will also benefit from being mulched for the summer as this will help keep the soil evenly moist, hold down weeds in general, and feed the soil slowly as it breaks down over time. Mulch also helps keep the strawberries clean. If any dill plants do come up, pull them before they can set seed or deadhead them to prevent future generations. Also, avoid disturbing the soil surface as this will bring additional dill and other weed seeds closer to the surface where they will germinate. Over time you should see fewer each year. I hope this helps.

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