Are You Weeding Frequently Enough to Prevent Weeds From Spreading?

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Many of the most common weeds of container nurseries flower and produce seeds within 30 days. Our research suggests that you should be removing emerged weeds every 2 to 3 weeks. This prevents rapid population growth and spread, and can reduce hand weeding labor labor costs by around 40%. For more information on reducing your weed control costs check out the information on Cost Effective Weed Control in Container Nurseries.

These photos are of 6-week old weeds in containers and illustrate how rapidly many common nursery weeds reach reproductive maturity.

Joe Neal
NC Coorporative Extension