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16/02/2013 at 14:53

I have lots of weeds in a small garden that also houses fruit trees. Unfortunately time has marched on and due to illness i cannot bend to weed my patch any more. I was wondering if i could use a good weedkiller to get rid of the weds, one that will not harm the fruit trees? Can i also kill them and leave them in place, covering them with weed suppresant fabric and bark chippings, or is it best to remove them by raking or similar? Help and advice will be very much appreciated...........

16/02/2013 at 15:00

wait until you have a very still day with rain forecast in the next 24 hrs, and spray with a systemic can then cover the area with a sheet of mypex fabric and bark chippings on top of it ,or you could ask a kind neighbour to help you .


16/02/2013 at 16:13
Should that be NO rain forecast in the next 24 hours?
16/02/2013 at 16:16

or wind factor.

16/02/2013 at 16:30

Was my comment not up to your standards . no rain forecast for 24 hrs and no Gale blowing  

16/02/2013 at 16:34

Derek you did actually write "with rain forecast"-come on- a bit of joshing doesn't hurt.

16/02/2013 at 16:50

re-read  your right

16/02/2013 at 17:27

You can spray the weeds with glyphosate which only kills the plants that have had their leaves sprayed. It is best to spray when the weeds are actually gowing then it will be taken into their roots, so may be a bit early yet. It won't hurt the apple trees. The weeds will take about 3 weeks to turn pale and die then put down your weed supressant fabric and cover it with bark chippings. Glyphosate only needs a few hours without rain after spraying it. I prefer to rake the weeds up before putting down the fabric, but I don't really know the answer to that one.

16/02/2013 at 17:51

Sadly new weeds will still grow on top of the weed suppressant and through the bark chippings as I know from experience

16/02/2013 at 17:59

Yes, eventually, seeds can be dropped by birds or float in the air, but it will still be a big improvement and they're not too hard to hoe gently out of the chippings.

16/02/2013 at 19:05

you could also spray the mypex with simazine and then cover with chippings ,

regards Derek

17/02/2013 at 02:05

whack the weeds with a helper, then when u see weed seedlings, use a hoe?

17/02/2013 at 02:06

actually, where are you? I'll drive up there and waste them weeds :P


17/02/2013 at 11:50

Thanx for the advice, it sorta reinforced what i thought. Looks like being a visit to a local garden centre for a big tub of Glyphosate within the next few weeks ('ll let the rain die down first).

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