Kill the grass, not the flowers

deathnote666deathnote666 Registered User regular
Got a flowerbed overrun with weeds, grass.

Taking any suggestions that isn't pulling out each and every individual thing since that never lasts long, even when I try and pull roots. Took a shovel once to it and still didn't last long.

Thinking about putting trash bags over it when the flowers die off for the year. Would the added heat kill any flower bulbs?


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    SoggybiscuitSoggybiscuit Tandem Electrostatic Accelerator Registered User regular
    The garbage bag / plastic sheeting trick works pretty good, I did it to my garden once and the number and type of weeds were drastically reduced, but I pulled it all off before planting the garden.

    What I didn't expect was the 10+ snakes I found under the sheeting, thankfully all nonvenomous (ringnecks and garter snakes). Snakes like that stuff in the late winter / early spring so keep that in mind when you go to pull it off.

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    BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User, Moderator mod
    Yeah snakes love getting under tarps baking in the sun, cover and warmth. It's cute.
    No idea about flower bulbs though, whenever I've done tarps to kill weeds it's bare earth underneath, beds with actual flowers and plants we wanna keep get weeded by hand.

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    Fuglie_gamerFuglie_gamer Registered User regular
    If you don't mind a little extra expense you could build a raised bed there. Using the newspaper/weed blocker material should stop most of the grass and weeds. Unfortunately I don't know a way to target just weeds and grass except hand to hand combat sometimes.

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    VishNubVishNub Registered User regular
    Pull the weeds then mulch the crap out of it.

    Which will mitigate but not eliminate the weeds

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    RT800RT800 Registered User regular
    I think there are some herbicides that will target grass and not flowers.

    You'd probably have to be pretty sure what type of grass and flowers you're dealing with, though.

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    BlindZenDriverBlindZenDriver Registered User regular
    Herbicides should be avoided whenever possible and that goes double in gardens - zero reason to risk exposure.

    Here we cover soil between bushes and so where we don't want weeds and we do so with bark chips, it is a natural waste material they have at saw mills.

    Not sure if it is available state side, but if your flowers are plants with permanent branches it could be a solution.

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