Different weeds take distinct measures to control them

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 12 2011 10:18 a.m. MDT

For areas where you have no desirable plants or where you have sensitive plants that are likely to be affected by the broadleaf weed killers, switch to glyphosate or Roundup. Glyphosate is the active ingredient but is sold under many trade names.

These are nonselective herbicides so never get it onto anything but the weeds. One important advantage is that it does not go through the soil and affect surrounding plants.

Apply herbicides while you still have good green foliage that has not dried out or frozen. Dead foliage will not absorb the product and translocate to the root system so you would get no control. Time spent controlling weeds now will make your life easier next spring.

Larry A. Sagers is a horticulture specialist for the Utah State University Extension Service at Thanksgiving Point.

Garden Tips

Red Butte Gardens Bulb Forcing Workshop, October 15, 10 a.m.-noon. Brighten the winter blues by planting spring bulbs for winter forcing. Participants will get four 6-inch pots, soil, selected bulbs and instructions for forcing. Workshop is at Red Butte Garden greenhouses. Members: $45, Public: $55 register at www.red buttegarden.org/

Apples Galore is a free apple and cheese tasting event for gardeners. Come satisfy taste buds and sample Utah's finest artisan cheeses and locally grown apples — the perfect combination for a perfect end to the season. Oct. 13, noon-2 p.m. at the Ogden Botanical Gardens, 1750 Monroe Blvd., Ogden, and that evening 5 p.m.-7 p.m. at the Utah Botanical Center at 920 S. 50 West, Kaysville. See utahbotanicalcenter.org.

Thanksgiving Point is offering a class on fabulous fall color on Tuesdays, Oct. 11-25, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost is $40. To register, or for more information, call 801-768-7443 or visit www.thanksgivingpoint.com.

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