killing off weeds

Asked June 21, 2017, 12:52 PM EDT

My husband recently passed away and had a garden. I've decided not to have one, but the plot has been overtaken with weeds. There is asparagus and rhubarb in the garden plot also that I would like to keep. My son will be taking the asparagus plants in the fall. What natural method can I use (other than using a hoe) to get rid of the weeds, i.e., vinegar, castile soap, etc???

Carver County Minnesota asparagus weed control horticulture

1 Response

Weed control in an asparagus patch is difficult. Hand pulling and mulching are the best methods. Of course, if left alone, weeds issues will get worse, so this works best if you stay ahead of the problem. Pre-emergents can be used for annual weeds. You can use glyphosate (Roundup) if you use it before the asparagus emerges in the spring, or after it has been cut down in the fall. Any other time will risk killing the asparagus.

Home brew methods have little research behind them and can pose a danger to your soil and to non-target plants.

Read here:
http://www.extension.iastate.edu/article/yard-and-garden-control-weeds-asparagus-and-berries
http://lancaster.unl.edu/hort/articles/2011/AsparagusWeeds.shtml