How do I permanently get rid of Goldenrod?


I have a nice large patch of raspberries that I love. Unfortunately, the past couple of years it have been run over with Goldenrods and a tall mini daisy like weeds. The mini daisy weed is easily pull out with the roots, but still returns. The Goldenrod is impossible. Any suggestions to permanently and easily (I have RA and a back condition) remove this in evading weed.

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  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Nov 23, 2018

    Main key to weed control is not letting them go to seed.Remove all flowering heads before they finish can try spraying each plant with white vinegar mixed with straight lemon juice but the high acidic content may affect the soil. spray the plants when the sun is the hottest and just keep spraying them. don't knock any new seeds off of weeds into your raspberry patch.maybe some one you know,church neighbor,relative would trade some berries for helping you get rid of weeds

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Nov 23, 2018

    I agree with Laurel, never let them flower, you see a bud, remove it. If you can catch them when they are small, they now have the garden hand seeded stick with the V at the bottom in Long handle versions so that you do not have to bend over to pull them. The safest way to use the vinegar would be to paint it on the weeds if they don't touch the raspberry plants. It may not kill the root totally. You don't want the vinegar soaking into the ground, since it is an excellent antibacterial and antifungal, it will eliminate a lot of the needed nutrients from the soil and make it unhealthy for the raspberry plants. As Lynn suggested, I am sure someone will help you for some fresh berries when they come in.

  • Betsy Betsy on Nov 23, 2018

    Hi Laurel: You can get rid of Goldenrod by getting a product called ground clear, it kills everything! Then, put some in a small can and paint the undersides of the leaves with this, using a small foam brush. Cut the unwanted plant short, leaving several leaves, paint the leaves with the ground clear and then cover it with a plastic bag and secure it to the ground. That way, even the wind won't blow the poisoned vine onto your other plants. By covering the plant with a plastic bag and cutting the flowers off, the birds and bees won't get harmed by trying to eat the nectar. But, do know that bees and butterflies depend on Goldenrod for sustenance in the fall, to make their migration south. If you can move them to another part of the yard that you don't mind having beautiful yellow flowers blooming that would be great. Goldenrod spreads by roots and seeds. Even the birds will eat the seeds. Good luck with this, invasive plants are the worst!

  • Mona Blake Mona Blake on Nov 24, 2018

    I pull anything that is not the raspberrie weekly. This will stop anything from invadimg the plot.

  • Robyn Garner Robyn Garner on Nov 28, 2018

    Moisten the soil with 1 inch of water and hand pull goldenrod to remove and kill it. Discard debris in the trash. You can also use a spade or hoe to dig and remove goldenrod from the soil. Do not compost goldenrod because its rhizomes might remain viable, becoming a problem later.2

    Cut goldenrod to the ground with a pair of pruning shears, lawnmower or weed trimmer. Place two layers of cardboard over top of the area and add 3 to 4 inches of mulch. If the goldenrod grows through the cardboard, push away the mulch temporarily and apply another two layers of cardboard. Wait six to eight months for your goldenrod to die before removing the cardboard. You can combine this method with manual removal to ensure eradication.