The Q&A Archives: Getting Rid of Ragweed

Question: Last year I mistook ragweed sprouts for flowers re-seeding themselves from the past year's garden. By the end of the year there was nothing else but these tall weeds and their amazingly productive root shoots. How can I get rid of them? I'm considering getting a handyman and a tiller, turning up and raking the whole garden area, planting annual rye and just mowing the "garden" for a year to get rid of this pesky stuff. Any suggestions?

Answer: If yours is the perennial Western Ragweed, it's harder to control than the annual species -- hence the need to be very diligent when raking out bits of root after tilling. Ragweed doesn't like hot, dry weather, and repeated mowing while the plants are stressed can do them in! Heavy mulches between rows and around plants also help to discourage them. I wish you luck!

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