Improving Weed Control in Landscape Planting Beds
Coarse pine bark nuggets and other mulch materials
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How to Cite

Marble, Chris, and Andrew Koeser. 2015. “Improving Weed Control in Landscape Planting Beds: ENH1262/EP523, 6/2015”. EDIS 2015 (6). Gainesville, FL:6.


Because landscape beds often contain a variety of ornamental plants, shrubs, and trees, using herbicides to control weeds in these areas can be challenging; however, non-herbicidal methods can be labor intensive. This 6-page fact sheet outlines how to use landscape design and cultural and chemical practices to effectively control weeds in landscape beds. This publication also discusses the use of pre- and postemergent herbicides. Written by Chris Marble and Andrew Koeser, and published by the UF Department of Environmental Horticulture, June 2015.

ENH1262/EP523: Improving Weed Control in Landscape Planting Beds (
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