garden weed seeds - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by kenna_fergus
October 22, 2009
My small veggie garden became overrun with grass/weeds this summer during an injury that prevented maintenance.Can i use RoundUP to kill the seeds before spring planting ? OR just till under or do what to get rid of the dormant seeds ?

Answer from NGA
October 22, 2009
You can use Round Up to kill the existing weeds or you can cover over the entire bed with a several thicknesses of newspapers or cardboard and anchor them down. This will suffocate existing weeds and keep new weeds from growing. In the spring you can dig or rototill the newspaper or cardboard into the soil prior to planting. Keeping weed seeds from sprouting can be a challenge because pre emergents will keep veggie seeds from sprouting, too. Instead, I'd cover the entire bed with weed block landscape material and cut slits or holes where you want to plant veggie seeds or transplants. The weed block will keep the bed from being overrun with weeds. Or, you can simply plant as usual and then cover the bare soil with several thicknesses of newspaper or sheets of cardboard. Either way you should have fewer weeds next season.

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