When should weed control begin?
- Never wait until weeds are big enough to pull up. Start early!
- There are two main types of weeds:
- Perennials – grow for many years from rhizomes (underground stems) and runners (above-ground stems) (Picture #9).
- Annuals – grow from new seeds every year.
- There are two best times to control weeds:
- While preparing your garden soil before planting – remove all weeds, including perennial rhizomes and runners.
- Immediately after weeds sprout – usually 7-10 days after planting your vegetable crop – weed thoroughly now (Picture #10)!
- (Containers) Very little weeding should be required in gardens that are properly prepared for containers.
- (Containers) Using clean, weed-free materials for your soil medium is essential. Do not use soil, dirty sand, compost, or manure.