Purslane Taking Over Vegetable Garden

Asked July 30, 2019, 5:38 PM EDT

How do I safely get rid of purslane in my vegetable garden? I pull one and three more come back. I can't keep ahead of it - it grows so quickly. Is there a weed killer I can use that will be safe for the vegetables, kids and dog? Is there something I can do in the fall so that it will not be a problem next summer?

Adams County Colorado

1 Response

Hi there,

Hand pulling purslane is the best way to manage it in the vegetable garden. Be sure to dispose of the plants that you pull since purslane can re-root if left sitting on top of soil. Purslane rarely develops in mulched areas and can be smothered if covered with mulch. I would recommend applying at lease 3 inches of mulch to your vegetable garden to help control the future growth of purslane. I hope this is helpful.