How to keeps weeds down in an asparagus patch?

Mary lu
by Mary lu
It can't be hoed, and pulling the grass and weeds is very hard on my back--not to mention stepping on a spear as you move thru the patch. maybe something that could be added to patch to keep the weeds away?

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  • Lynn Lynn on Mar 27, 2018

    Vinegar, spray bottle, narrow stream to attack just the weeds. A little dish soap added can help to stick to weeds but both work well

  • Carol Thomas Carol Thomas on Mar 27, 2018

    I like to lay wet newspaper between my plants. (just the black and white pages) it's free and biodegradable.

    • Mary lu Mary lu on Mar 27, 2018

      thanks, but since asparagus comes up haphazard and not in rows, probably wouldn't work, but have used it for other veggies.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Mar 27, 2018

    I use Preen weed preventer in my gardens, including my veggie garden. In the spring I remove all the weeds and put it down. It doesn't work on weeds and grasses that spread by root, but prevents seed born weeds from germinating. I am in zone four and only use it once in the spring, then late in the season and I don't have as much weeds in the spring. I only spend a few minutes a week getting rid of creeping Charlie and maybe five minutes a month on regular weeds. Using this may help you and your back a lot. The vinegar or boiling water will work, but if it gets into your asparagus, it will kill them also.

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    • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Mar 27, 2018

      It only works on weeds, I use it all the time when I plant seeds in my garden and it has not prevented any of those seeds from germinating. I have been using it for years without any problems, since they started selling it. It works on weeds only, so your asparagus should be perfectly safe. Preen does have a weed killer out, that is not the same thing.

  • Melanie Melanie on Mar 27, 2018

    they do have hoes in sort of a diamond shape just replace with long handle