Weed And Grass Control Around Perennials - Knowledgebase Question

Ringoes, NJ
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Question by gael8
March 25, 2000
I have an old perennial bed that was planted among small stones, other than taking everything out and replanting is there a weed control that will get rid of the weeds and grass and leave my perennials?

Answer from NGA
March 25, 2000
There are several things you can try. One is to cut the weeds off short and then smother them beneath several layers of newspaper or a layer of cardboard topped off with several inches of organic mulch. Another method is to use an herbicide containing glyphosate being careful to follow the label instructions. Since this is a nonselective herbicide you might find the wipe on application method easier to control than a spray. Finally, you may find that in some cases it is better to dig out the perennial and untangle the weed from it and replant. Usually. a combination of the three methods will do the job especially if you are persistent about it.

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