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Palestine, TX
Mar 9, 2018 10:39 AM CST
How are weeds controlled in beds with shrubbery and perrenials?
Name: Jared Nicholes
Nampa, Idaho
Mar 9, 2018 11:15 AM CST

First off, welcome to the forum!

Second off, I work as a Garden associate at Lowes, I might be able to help you. Weeds in beds are usually controlled by weeding every one or two days. If you see a weed just starting to grow, you pick it immediately. That is basically it. If the weeds do get out of hand, it gets much harder. I know that from experience.

A couple of questions. Does the area you are trying to control weeds already have flowers and shrubs in it?

How big are the weeds and the bed?

I might have an idea of how to help you out.

Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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Mar 9, 2018 4:42 PM CST
Hi & welcome!

Excellent info so far, to pull them. There are many other tips & techniques possible, depending on which unwanted plant(s) is/are growing. As asked, the question is too vague to answer more than the above. Adding pics of the trouble spot would elicit even more relevant and specific suggestions.
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Name: Deb
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Mar 9, 2018 4:48 PM CST
You can also introduce a shade tolerant ground cover to compete with the weeds. I've had good luck with vinca minor, which climbs up into the base of the shrubs a bit but mostly stays on the ground. Pretty little purple flowers in spring. Some folks find this invasive, I don't.
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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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Mar 9, 2018 4:58 PM CST
bluenm said:How are weeds controlled in beds with shrubbery and perrenials?

Most of us spread a nice thick layer of wood chips after hand-pulling.

Most annual volunteering plants need sunlight to hit the seeds before they germinate. The mulch prevents this.

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