Asked on May 14, 2014

Weeds growing everywhere

by Tess
On the side of my house used to be pachysandra growing nicely. Now after the winter in Cleveland Ohio there are weeds growing in along with Packasandra . I recently just replanted some more. How do I kill the weeds and not the packandra I planted?
weeds growing everywhere, gardening, Weeds growing with Packasandra
Weeds growing with Packasandra :(
weeds growing everywhere, gardening, No weeds with Packasandra
No weeds with Packasandra .
  10 answers
  • The Prudent Garden The Prudent Garden on May 14, 2014
    Your best bet may be to pull the weeds by hand to avoid damage to the newly planted pachysandra. The older plants will pop back as the soil warms, but the long cold winter allowed the seeds of weeds that germinate under cooler conditions to gain a foot hold early on. Refreshing the mulch in the fall may help minimize this in the future. Check out our post on Garden Weed Control at The Prudent Garden ~>

  • Deb Deb on May 14, 2014
    I'd pull what you are able to by hand, top with Preen and then some fresh mulch. As you see new weeds, try to keep on top of pulling them.

  • Donna Byram Donna Byram on May 14, 2014
    Landscaper recommended wearing gloves and grasping the weed in between your fingers and spray weed killer closely to the top of the weed that is in your hand to keep from spraying the plants. Especially if it was a weed with long roots that come back if you can't pull them all out. Time consuming, but he said it works.

  • Heather  Seebold Heather Seebold on May 14, 2014
    Oh my, no Preen, no weed killers—these chemicals are killing the bees. No bees - no food!

    • Donna Byram Donna Byram on May 15, 2014
      @Heather Seebold I should have put this in my reply. Use a natural weed killer. Such as straight white vinegar and salt on a hot day and within an hour the weed is DEAD! This was recommended by a beekeeper. Sorry for the scare.

  • Julie J Julie J on May 14, 2014
    You definitely have some Lily of the Valley growing in that top picture. Those are sweet smelling little flowers, but they spread and are a little invasive. Weeds in Ohio = torture. I just came in from pulling thistle and some other weed that sprays seeds everywhere.

    • Tess Tess on May 15, 2014
      @Julie J Julie I was wondering what those weed looking plant was. Yes they are VERY invasive and I want them gone . Thanks so much for your response very helpful.

  • Andrea C Andrea C on May 14, 2014
    I understand what you're all experiencing, I have thistles in my rose bed. I tried prying them up with no success. I'm afraid to use spray because they are too close to the rose bushes. Any suggestions?

  • Tess Tess on May 15, 2014
    Its very frustrating . I had just planted new pachysandra and you see the weeds instead of my pachysandra .

  • Julie J Julie J on May 15, 2014
    You're welcome @Tess. I love pachysandra too, and it's not exactly the speediest grower here in NE Ohio. @Andrea C I know there is a product called Caseron but only gets applied in the late winter. Other than that, I just keep pulling them out but I'm losing that battle:(

  • Arlene White Stricker Arlene White Stricker on Dec 05, 2014
    So many weeds are edible,so before destroying them find out if they are. Herbicides are so harmful to Mother Earth be very careful what you use. I use white vinegar or boiling water.

  • Letitia Letitia on Aug 03, 2016
    Anyone who loves pachysandra needs patience and a good set of knee pads. I have planted thousands of slips to edge my lawn, house and flower beds and cover a small slope in my yard. Pull the weeds by hand and add lots of mulch. Eventually (years) the area will "knit" together. I have found that I still have to weed though. Good luck.