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PA (Zone 6a)
Aug 17, 2016 6:53 PM CST
I am in the process of pulling many foxtail weeds from between my daylilies. The seeds on the plant are still green. I would like to leave some of those weeds on the ground between my daylilies to prevent other weeds from sprouting. (I couldn't possibly afford to buy all the mulch I would need in my very large garden, but I don't want to have to weed all over again in another month!) But, will those green seeds ripen, fall off, and give me a zillion foxtails next year? I'm in zone 6, so weeds don't grow all year long in my garden. I sure hope someone knows the answer to this question!! Thanks!!!!
Name: Amanda
KC metro area, Missouri (Zone 6a)
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Aug 17, 2016 8:16 PM CST
Yes, they will. If you want the plants you have now but not more then cut the seed heads off.
Name: Heath
sevierville TN (Zone 7a)
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Aug 17, 2016 8:22 PM CST
Have you tried using prem
Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN, USA zon
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Aug 18, 2016 1:46 PM CST
The green seeds of the foxtail weed may or may not be viable. Some will certainly already be ripe enough to sprout, depending on the age of the seed. If it were me, I would either not use them as a mulching material at all, or snip off and discard the seed heads first.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Sep 13, 2016 3:18 PM CST
Pull all weeds out. Buy some corn gluten meal from feed store. Apply 20 lbs to 1500 sq feet. Stops weeds .if soil isn't disturbed for about 6 to 8 weeks. It also is a slow release nitrogen. 20 lbs has 2 lbs nitrogen.
Corn gluten is whats in preen.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.

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