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Perennial weed whipping

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I enjoy an occasional weeding session, it’s cathartic.

Okay, he's actually trying to pull a beet out of the ground but you catch my drift

Okay, he’s actually trying to pull a beet out of the ground but you catch my drift

 

Annual weeds tend to be easier to pull out, it’s the perennial weeds that drive us crazy!  Those roots that break off in the soil will spread and make more!  In the vegetable garden, it’s tougher because you really don’t want this stuff on your food!!!!  I have Milkweed in my vegetable garden that I don’t want to get rid of as I’m hoping to host some Monarch butterflies!

This was taken before I planted this year

This was taken before I planted this year – the milkweed is in the middle of my veggie garden!

When the weeds start winning, it’s time to break out the heavy artillery, HOWEVER, please use extreme caution and don’t over use.  [personally I don’t use Roundup or anything with glyphosate]

Choose a windless day, using a cheap sponge paint brush and a cool whip container of weed killer, paint the weeds leaves on both sides.  This will send the chemical through the plant into the root system killing the weed.

paint sponge

The other method is to use a gallon milk jug with the top and bottom cut out, place the jug over the offending weed and spray it with weed killer.

milk jug to spray weed

Major thing to remember – SAFETY first!  Use protective gear as indicated on the package and be very careful not to get the chemical on any plant you want to keep!

What is a weed

 

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