safe to use weed controls, help needed please

Asked April 20, 2016, 2:49 PM EDT

hi, can you please read the below email to possibly help me out here. I live in Nazareth, Pa., eastern pa.,....Zone #6 thanks! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> *******for veggie planting, like toms./brussel sprouts/egg plants, etc;: planted in large pots, I was just told by a "PREEN REP." that "preen is not intended for use in (any) pot, small or large for weed control". that "it is only for ground dirt". that "it would affect the growth of my veggies if used in any pot"! >>>>>so, I'm in a dilemma here with what to do to prevent weeds in all of my pots. >>>>>is there anything on the market that can be used safely on/in my pot soils that will not only control weeds but will NOT interfere with the growth of my plants like preen would? >>>>>are there any "homemade" mixtures that will do the same, at to not only prevent weeds but will NOT interfere with the growth of my plants? thanks so much for taking the time to address my questions! have a great day! thomas b.

Northampton County Pennsylvania

1 Response

If this weed has a square stem, currently has purple flowers, and almost a minty smell, it is creeping Charlie, also known as ground ivy. Note the conditions that favor it and try to change them. This is a tough weed to kill with herbicides. The following publication has a chart (at the end) with some ingredients that work:

However, we cannot see any single leaf clearly. You may want to send us more photos.