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birdsong22

Thanks for the permission to not clean out the garden! Had that on my to-do list but now will work on planning next year's garden instead.

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Jeff & Lee McCubbin

I have to clear the vegetable garden for deposit of winter snow removal but I leave other gardens and receive many spring surprises. One surprise I struggle with are the volunteer tree seedlings. If I get to them soon enough I can just pull them out but when life gets in the way they get bigger and pulling is no longer an option.

QUESTION.....i do try to dig as many seedlings as I can and replant in to gallon to 20 gal. containers to grow for transplant around the farm. If I can't dig them I have to cut them to prevent them from shading sun loving flowers. That just encourages their roots to grow! How can I rid the flower gardens of these volunteers without also killing surrounding perennials? I hear Targon can kill surrounding plants as well.

TIP to all......don't rake and burn or dispose of all those leaves. I use mine to mulch my flower gardens and the Hosta around my trees. I gently rake (what has not decayed and fertilized the ground) in the spring to reveal new sprouts to the sun. Some beds I leave mulched as the plants grow through the mulch and it helps keep weeds and grass in check.



   

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