DOes anyone have any bright ideas for getting weeds out of a catus
garden? We just spent over $400 in March to have the whole thing dug out
and re-done because a tree weas growing up in the middle of the garden.
Now we have weeds growing up.
If it matters, it's a prockly pear cactus garden, and I'm in Dallas, TX.
What makes the weeds in your cactus garden any different that weeds in your
veggie garden? They respond exactly the same to digging/pulling/careful
poisoning. I never had any problems getting weeds out of my cactus garden in
Las Vegas as long as I was careful to keep my body parts away from the
nastier Opuntia (aka jumping) cacti.
get a long handled but small hoe and slice the plants off at dirt level. get em
before they seed. any "stirring up" of the dirt is going to bring more seeds to
germinate. let the cut weeds lay there if you dont have a long handled pick up
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When I weed around my prickly pear cacti I drape a tablecloth made of plastic on
one side, and felt or other cloth lining on the other. I leave the plastic side
facing out. I also wear long dishwashing gloves and two long sleeve shirts.
Those spines are very tricky and find their way into skin very easily. Since
you are in Dallas, you can easily find a store which sells the 20% vinegar and
use that with a bit of orange oil as a surfactant and spray the weeds in the
blazing hot sun. Use a large cardboard to keep the spray off the cacti. That
will also work. You can buy the 20% acetic vinegar at Rohde's
www.beorganic.com or Northaven Gardens www.nhg.com
On Mon, 31 May 2004 08:49:29 -0500, David & Barbara Schmidt
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I use a really long needle-nosed pliers to pull weeds from my patch of
prickly pear cactus. The biggest problems are maple keys helicoptering
in, followed by Siberian elm seeds (which, thankfully, do not fall in large
drifts in this part of the yard).
Pat in Plymouth MI ('someplace.net' is comcast)
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