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Selective weed killing


I have two rather large steep banks. One has Perry Winkle as a ground cover the other uses English Ivy. They are both very steep so manual weeding is difficult. Is there a herbicide product(s) that could be used to control common weeds without damage to these ground covers? - Greg -


  1. 7 months ago

    A thick cover of ground cover should help suppress weed growth, but there is not an herbicide that you could use to control common weeds that would not damage the vinca or ivy.

    Although difficult, pulling the weeds before they go to seed will help diminish their number the following year.

    If there is something particularly stubborn, you could carefully paint glyphosate on the weed, given that you protect the surrounding ground cover from any drips. Glyphosate is a non-selective, so one has to be very careful, but it will not hurts the roots of other plants.

    Carole Johnson County Extension Master Gardener

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