> OK I have gotten a lot of responses, and no I am not trying to kill
This is my first time on this forum, i love gardening and have not done
so outside uk but i suggest you find a positive in your situation, focus
on what is growing that you are having success with, if you are doing
really well with vegies or have huge sunflowers why not grow more of the
same, give the weeds a bit of competition. Weeds can only spread where
they have the space to do so. After it has rained the weeds can usually
be lifted out more easily.
4 inches of mulch is not enough for many weeds - they will poke right
through, especially if it is loose mulch. I've used ground cloth covered
with mulch with great success - that stops the weeds from coming through,
but they will sprout and grow in the mulch if you don't keep an eye on
Chemicals do little good in the long run. The chemicals we use in our
garden are not even a drop in the bucket compared to what the farmer down
the street does to us, so I generally ignore the "planet killer"
accusations. Hypocrites need to focus on the big polluters in the farm
fields, not the little boys like you and me. Having said that, the only
chemicals I've found that worked well was roundup for spot control (not
near the garden), fungicide for the fruit trees, and a neem-Piperonyl
Butoxide mixture for aphids and flea beetles. Plus some good slug bait.
You won't find any chemicals for week control suitable for usage in the
Just go out every day and pull a few weeds. Weeds don't grow so fast that
you can't keep them in control in a small garden this way. Notice I said
every day, not once a month. If you don't have time to tend your garden
several times a week, you need to consider some other form of gardening
where you have greater control over what grows, including weeds.
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