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RE: Digest Number 1162

Re: weeds.
I am new to this egroup.  Enjoy reading others suggestion.  For those 
haveing trouble with weeds, try mulching with grass clippings.  I have 
approximately 1000 feet of flower beds with a wide variety of flowers,(my 
favorite are my 26 varieties and colors of Iris).  In the spring when I 
first weed the beds I start putting on the grass clippings.  This year the 
beds with a good layer of grass clippings only needed minor weeding.  I live 
in Zone 4 according to Sunset.  With the hot dry summer I only have to deep 
water every two weeks.  Don't know if its good for the iris, but the large 
one has wonderful long lasting blooms, and the plants look healthy.
Rusty LaDue

>From: "Bob & Caroline Hudnall" <rhudnall@mcn.net>
>Reply-To: iris-talk@egroups.com
>To: <iris-talk@egroups.com>
>Subject: RE: [iris-talk] Digest Number 1162
>Date: Sat, 29 Jul 2000 07:36:12 -0600
>Subject:  Cult:  weeds
>I too have been plagued with weeds this  year.  Here in Western Montana its
>been awfully dry and hot with plenty of forest fires burning just a few
>miles down the road.  My main TB bed was completely clean this spring, it
>looked so wonderful too.  Last fall and this spring a good sprinkling of
>Preen was  laid down in the  paths and in the space between clumps.  But
>I'm now am faced with weeds that will not quit.  I can only work but a
>couple of hours because of the heat and I feel like someone in the middle 
>a jungle trying to find their way down a path to the other side of the
>jungle.  I am now wondering about the effectiveness of Preen.   I did spray
>a post emergent grass killer and it did work well so don't have to worry
>about grass in that area, however other flower beds have grass that I must
>attack.  I thought I had a handle on all my flower beds this spring but by
>this time of year I wonder what I've done to myself,  like: not stayed on
>top of the weed population as well as having plants too close together.  
>some days are just meant for staying in bed and looking at Iris catalogues
>and dreaming of what I may want to order in the future.
>Caroline Hudnall
>Living in Zone> 4 just outside of Helena Montana
>And longing for the coolness of my hometown of Anchorage, Alaska
> > Jim and Cindy,
> >
> > My ABs must be wimps, as they do not seem to repel weeds any better than
> > TBs or medians - which is not very well at all this year. I have just
> > the last four evenings weeding out one bed so that I can locate all the
> > above mentioned types of iris in order to dig and divide them. This bed
> > weed free at the beginning of the bloom season (about two months ago),
> > I have been faced with the daunting prospect of staring
> > (I am 6 ft. tall) with prickly lettuce and other vegetable thugs night
> > after night! I have never had weed growth like this before. I must admit
> > that now that I have uncovered the irises they appear to have been
> > by the weedy incursion on their turf.
> >
> > Jeff Walters in northern Utah  (USDA Zone 4/5, Sunset Zone 2, AHS Zone 
> > jcwalters@bridgernet.com
> >
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