The Q&A Archives: Overgrown Beds! Two Part Question

Question: Hello!

Last year I dealt with several personal issues; needless to say my yard and all the beds around its perimeter became overgrown with various weeds. I've been hard at work this spring pulling weeds non-stop. As I have many plants, I use Roundup sparingly. Can you suggest a way to make my beds not so high maintenence?

Part 2: The same problem is true of the area where I would like to plant tomatoes and a few other vegetables this year. Is it safe to use Roundup to kill the weeds (pre-planting, of course)? I'm sure I'll wait for a week or so prior to planting.

Thank you!

Answer: Yes, you can use Round Up in a potential vegetable bed. There's a waiting period after using and before planting your veggies. Round Up deteriorates rapidly in the presence of sunshine and fresh air so there should not be any residual action past the waiting period.

The best way to discourage weeds is to use a mulch in your planting beds. You can purchase weed barrier and then cover it with bark chips or you can spread 3-4 inches of compost or other organic matter over the bare soil to prevent weeds. Or, you can use a pre-emergent herbicide. There's one that's corn-gluten based, and there are others with chemical bases. All do a good job of preventing weed seeds from germinating.

Best wishes with your landscape.

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