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