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Weed control, management, ecology, and minutia
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by trina delamare
on May 15, 2017 at 1:16 PM
I went from wood raised beds to a beautiful raised brick bed problem is i cant control the weeds. I used to keep some year round fruits and veggies in it but that made it difficult to use weed killer, plastic cover etc. So I removed them. 10 years of this huge brick bed. Last year I used black plastic end of summer thru spring and so far the ground looks clear but I know they will be back as soon as I plant and water. The buttercups are the worse you never get all the roots. Im about ready to go back to raise wood gardens. So frustrated.
by Brad Hanson
on May 15, 2017 at 2:27 PM
Hi Trina,  
I suspect your weed problems are not directly related to the brick vs wood planters - that's probably coincidental timing more than anything. If you are using the black plastic in an effort to heat the soil (eg solarization) you might want to read the UCIPM publication "Soil Solarization for Garden and Landscape (http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn74145.html) - there is good information there about clear plastic vs black plastic as well as ways to maximize performance. There is also a UCIPM publication focused on Creeping Woodsorrel and Bermuda Buttercup that may help with your problem too (http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7444.html.  
Good luck  
Brad
 
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