Weeds

Weeds are just plants that are growing in the wrong place. They could be dandelions, grass, vines, shrubs, and even trees.  Below you will find a garden guide to weeds in general, and then separate fact sheets for Dandelions, and for Quackgrass.

Sheet Mulching - Weed Control with No Chemicals

Sheet mulching is a way to keep your shrub and perennial borders almost weed-free, and is a low work, inexpensive way to convert a lawn area into vegetable or flower gardens.  Here is a guide to how to do it. This guide was prepared for residents of Vashon Island, Washington, but much of the information will be useful no matter where you live.  Click here to see and download the pdf file.


We also have created 3 short videos of the sheet mulching process:


Part 1 covers the preparation of the sheet mulching area and placing cardboard.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8xYE8sA8C0


Part 2 covers tips on working with large piles of wood chips and loading wheelbarrows efficiently. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QX-FunfK5uY


Part 3 covers tips on spreading the wood chips, and when you would use compost instead of wood chips. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9KjrhraHlY

Alternatives to RoundUp and Other Glyphosate Products

There are a number of ways to remove weeds other than RoundUp. Here are some. For a pdf version of this file, click here.



Click here to download a high resolution pdf version of the following 6 Pest Solution Fact Sheets: Dandelions and other Broadleaf Weeds, Moss, Powdery Mildew and Other Fungal Diseases, Quackgrass, and Slugs and Snails :  Fact Sheets: All

Click here for a pdf version of the Bindweed Fact Sheet, shown below

Himalayan Blackberry: click here to download a pdf of the Himalayan Blackberry Fact Sheet, shown below