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Weed control, management, ecology, and minutia
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 ( - 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 (  
Good luck  
by Chris
on September 8, 2018 at 3:38 PM
Thanks for the information!
by Ellie Davis
on July 19, 2019 at 12:40 PM
I was not aware that adding a mulch material over planting beds could help you to get rid of the weed. My husband is looking for options to fight the weed infestation in our backyard. I will contact a landscaping contractor to help us with our weed problem.
by Michael Briansky
on December 16, 2019 at 5:37 AM
I used to think that I am not a gifted gardener since my vegetables were always being overshadowed by weeds. This post has helped me learn from the experiences of other gardeners and how they have best dealt with weeds in their gardens.
by Kate Welling
on December 26, 2019 at 3:25 PM
You said that we should spray our garden before we plant. I've always had trouble with weeds. It would be great to get a weed control service to help me with this.
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