Never used what is called a pre-emergent, which means it stops the
seed from sprouting and will do the same for your flower seed. I
think one must start the seed in planters and transfer them to the
Interesting thread, especially noticing all the people whose knees are
bothering them. Apparently, they've never seen this:
I've been using one for years. It slices off weeds just below the surface. I
also had (but lost) a similar tool which had a horizontal knife instead of
the triangular blade on the Smith & Hawken tool. Both worked equally well,
but the S&H blade was easier to sharpen with a few passes of a medium stone.
Long-handled hoe-blade tools work fine for smaller weed sprouts. Any
weed with roots deeper than 4-5 inches requires a different type of
tool, like the Ergonica Weed Twister www.ergonica.com with
double-coiled tines. This tool also works like a circle hoe, which is
popular in England. Perhaps it's a little more work than chemicals, but
it's better for the environment.
That product will stop only seed germination. It will not prevent
A year or two ago I read of a product made from corn, completely
non-toxic, that would do the same thing, and would decompose into
I also read that Lowe's would be carrying it.
Anybody know the latest on that?
It is corn gluten and I have used it once a couple of years ago when I was
putting plugs in a new lawn area for a friend. It worked fairly well and I
would use it again under the same circumstances. It was sold at an
independant nursery so I can't comment on its availabiity elsewhere.
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