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weeds in asparagus #7202711
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How do you guys control the weeds in your asparagus? My patch is starting to get overrun with thistles. I'm thinking a dose of round up before the asparagus comes up. Any other options?

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Asparagus is a grass so you can use 2-4d or something similar when plants are growing.

Re: weeds in asparagus [Re: scrapper] #7202717
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Asparagus is also a seaweed so you can also use salt to kill invasive plants but it compacts the soil.
You can also use Preen to kill seeds when they germinate.


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Re: weeds in asparagus [Re: Gary Benson] #7202724
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After a nice rain I pull the weeds the old fashion way, with my hands.


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Re: weeds in asparagus [Re: scrapper] #7202725
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Rock salt.

Re: weeds in asparagus [Re: scrapper] #7202735
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you can dose with roundup before emerging heads appear, It will help. mulch also helps control weeds.

Re: weeds in asparagus [Re: scrapper] #7202736
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Send the wife out to weed the patch!

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Originally Posted by nickb
Send the wife out to weed the patch!

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Re: weeds in asparagus [Re: scrapper] #7202927
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I've heard often about using salt on asparagus but have never heard how much. Is there a optimal treatment concentration?

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Originally Posted by Gary Benson
Asparagus is also a seaweed so you can also use salt to kill invasive plants but it compacts the soil.
You can also use Preen to kill seeds when they germinate.

I have the same problem with my asparagus. I've used Preen on other parts of my garden, but the asparagus. I was always afraid it might stop the asparagus from coming up. But, you say it won't?


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Re: weeds in asparagus [Re: scrapper] #7202939
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How big of a patch are you talking Thistle can be pulled before goes to seed if you plan to use a herbicide I would use Treflan which is a pre emergent and just stops seeds from germinating and is certified for agricultural use. Just use as directed and pay attention to soil conditions and moisture. I stay away from roundup it can really set back crops has residual and health concerns they are finding out about. Also I have used it close to asparagus and just a bit of wind drift it will turn asparagus yellow and wilt so even if you sprayed prior to asparagus coming up Im thinking you might not like what happens.

Re: weeds in asparagus [Re: Trapper7] #7203038
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Originally Posted by Trapper7
Originally Posted by Gary Benson
Asparagus is also a seaweed so you can also use salt to kill invasive plants but it compacts the soil.
You can also use Preen to kill seeds when they germinate.

I have the same problem with my asparagus. I've used Preen on other parts of my garden, but the asparagus. I was always afraid it might stop the asparagus from coming up. But, you say it won't?

Preen prevents seeds from germinating, it doesn't kill anything.

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Yep, I'll get right on that. LOL grin

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This patch is around 5 feet by 70 feet. I thought about covering it with black plastic for a couple weeks before the asparagus starts to come up to fry wha'ts already there. I'll check into the preen.

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my grandparents had patches of asparagus about 6x30 and often had 2 going as one was fading the other starting

in the fall they would clean up the patches and lay down a layer of leaves they were about a 1/4 mile from my parents so our leaves would get raked and bagged and I would pull a cart behind my bike and bring them our leaves also. the bags of leaves would be set all around the asparagus patch then in the spring would replenish the leaves over the patch , few weeds grew and those that did were plucked mostly by hand.

once the season was over and a few good frosts grandma would take the lawn mower over the patch mulch it all up and then new leaves would be applied and bags of leaves around

asparagus will push through leaves but most of your weeds will be smothered


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Re: weeds in asparagus [Re: scrapper] #7203211
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Originally Posted by scrapper
This patch is around 5 feet by 70 feet. I thought about covering it with black plastic for a couple weeks before the asparagus starts to come up to fry wha'ts already there. I'll check into the preen.

If thistles are your problem, I doubt Preen is going to help. Their seeds have likely been germinated for some time.

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Would anyone really spray 24-d on their garden? Salting, mulching and pulling a few weeds isnt hard, but it is way the f*&^ safer.

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2,4d isnít poison.

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Thistle rhizomes can travel 15 feet before they come up.
Spray the outside edge to slow the colony down.

Re: weeds in asparagus [Re: M.Magis] #7203376
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Originally Posted by M.Magis
2,4d isnít poison.


And round up is good for you and has no long term effects on soils life and health?


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