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By Season: Spring

Unlike Death and Taxes, Garden Weeds Can Be Avoided
Use Einstein's Approach: End the Insanity of Weeding
Keep "Most Unwanted" Weeds Out of Southern Gardens
Hate Garden Weeds? Plant a Forsythia Bush
Get a Grip on the Ten Most Unwanted Weeds
What's All the Fuss About Forsythia?
When Does Weed Season Open?
To Rid Your Garden of Weeds, Focus on the Seeds
Stay Six Steps Ahead of Weeds

Editorial Nuggets: Six Short Spring Weed Prevention Stories
If the Forsythia Already Bloomed, Is it Too Late To Use Garden Weed Pre-Emergent?

By Season: Summer/Fall

Too Busy for Summer Garden Chores? Cut to the Chase
Help Summer Gardens Help Themselves
Travel Tips for Gardeners Gone Fishin'
Don't Let a Garden Myth Allow Weeds To Go Wild

Preen Product Profiles

The New Ready2Go Spreader: Lawn Care Product
New Product: Preen Southern Weed Preventer with Plant Food
Preen Mulch Plus: Prevents Weeds for Six Months
Preen Southern Weed Preventer: For Long Southern Seasons
Preen with New Battery-powered Spreader
Preen Mulch Plus: a Mulch with a 1-2 Punch
Ingenious Gadgets Keep Smart Gardeners Playing in the Dirt

Organic Weed Prevention

Use Head First, Not Hoe, To Tackle Weeds
In Vegetable Gardens, Fight Weeds Organically




By Season: Spring

Unlike Death and Taxes, Garden Weeds Can Be Avoided (Back to Top)
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Some may feel that weeds in the garden are similar to death and taxes in life. Unavoidable. But while it may not be possible to absolutely eliminate weeds from flower and landscape beds, it is possible to drastically reduce the need to weed, even in the south where the longer growing means more time for weed seeds to sprout and grow.

Use Einstein's Approach: End the Insanity of Weeding (Back to Top)
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“Insanity,” said Albert Einstein, “is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” He probably wasn’t talking about weeding. In fact, his lakeside Berlin garden was famously weedy (he preferred sailing). But the great man’s thought does apply. If your approach to weeds is to simply roll up your sleeves each spring and yank them out then… well, see the quote above. Because there is a better way. Focus on preventing weed seeds from growing each spring and you’ll have a weed fighting strategy from which you can expect great results.


Keep "Most Unwanted" Weeds Out of Southern Gardens(Back to Top)
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Many of the weeds that invade flower and landscape beds share a trait that surprises less experienced gardeners: they’re super seedy weeds. These massive seed producers survive by spewing thousands of seeds per plant into the atmosphere, spawning endless cycles of pulling, digging, spraying, chopping and disposing of weeds.

Hate Garden Weeds? Plant a Forsythia Bush (Back to Top)
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If you hate garden weeds, plant a forsythia bush this spring. Planting a forsythia bush now can reduce time weeding for years to come. The golden buds of forsythia are part of nature’s early warning system. They’re a natural backyard “weed alert” signaling that the seeds of crabgrass and other early weeds will begin to germinate in a few weeks. This means it’s time to get outdoors to do two things: apply mulch and sprinkle pre-emergent on top of it to stop garden weeds, as seeds, before they start growing.

Get a Grip on Garden Weeds (Back to Top)
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The most unwanted are pernicious weeds that excel at seed production, churning out massive quantities yearly that stay viable for years and even decades in an underground stockpile called a “seed bank." This feature story excerpts information from the Preen Most Unwanted Weed posters outlining the seed bank strength for ten terrible garden thugs.

What's All the Fuss About Forsythia? (Back to Top)
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Yellow forsythia blooms are what botanists call a phenological symbol. When forsythia bushes bloom in a given area, one can be sure that certain other things are also happening simultaneously: the soil is warming, microbial activity is stirring and conditions are ripe to jolt certain seeds and buds into action.

When Does Weed Season Open? (Back to Top)
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When spring weather warms the top layer of soil to 55° F weed scientists know that conditions are right for two things to happen: forsythia reaches full bloom and crabgrass seeds begin their germination season.

To Rid Your Garden of Weeds, Focus on the Seeds (Back to Top)
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Every garden is filled with them: millions of unseen weeds. They are dormant seeds that lurk just below the soil surface, ready to spring to life with just the briefest exposure to light. They grow aggressively and can be tough to get rid of, because pulling weeds brings more weed seeds to the surface.


Stay Six Steps Ahead of Weeds (Back to Top)
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This story offers tips on using mulch, weed preventer and a strategic approach to stay six steps ahead of weeds by stopping them as seeds.

Editorial Nuggets: Six Spring Weed Prevention Stories (Back to Top)
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Six short stories with a spring slant on weed prevention, including banishing weeds from walkways, edging garden beds, targeting weed seeds, forsythia as spring garden alert, pulling and preventing weeds and organic weed prevention.

If the Forsythia Already Bloomed, Is it Too Late To Use Garden Weed Pre-Emergent? (Back to Top)
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When spring comes unusually early, it throws many plants – and gardeners – into confusion. When migrating bird sreturn early and the spring song of chorus frogs fills the air, is it too late to use a garden weed pre-emergent? No..


By Season: Summer/Fall

Too Busy for Summer Garden Chores? Cut to the Chase (Back to Top)
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To help busy gardeners cut to the chase, here's a quick list of pro-active measures that pay-off by minimizing work or maximizing results over the long run.

Help Summer Gardens Help Themselves (Back to Top)
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Mid- to late-summer is when we want gardens to be colorful and looking their best. For most, that takes work. But for those with a bit of foresight and a few slick tricks under their belts, it’s possible to help gardens to become more self-sufficient.

Travel Tips for Gardeners Gone Fishin' (Back to Top)
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While you're enjoying that well deserved summer vacation, remember that your garden will be home working hard. Here are some simple tips to keep your garden going while you hang the "Gone Fishin'" sign on the front gate.

Don't Let a Garden Myth Allow Weeds To Go Wild (Back to Top)
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The advice that pre-emergent weed preventers can only be applied in spring is a myth probably linked to lawn care advice concerning crab grass. In the garden any time is the right time to begin a pre-emergent weed prevention routine.


Preen Product Profiles

New Product: Preen Southern Weed Preventer with Plant Food (Back to Top)
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Now southern gardeners can make short work of two important seasonal tasks in one easy step. This spring, Preen introduces new Preen Southern Weed Preventer Plus Plant Food, giving regional gardeners a double-duty tool for weed-fighting & flower-boosting tool that is especially formulated for use in southern flower and landscape beds.

Preen Mulch Plus: Prevents Weeds for Six Months (Back to Top)
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Preen Mulch Plus is a premium, natural shredded-wood mulch. It's the only bagged mulch with pre-emergent weed preventers already mixed in. No other mulch provides stronger, longer-lasting weed protection for flower and landscape beds. .

Preen Southern Weed Preventer: For Long Southern Seasons (Back to Top)
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Did you know that longer-lasting Preen Southern Weed Preventers is formulated specifically for the longer growing seasons of southern states? Preen Southern Weed Preventer is effective for up to four months per application, a full month longer than original Preen. The new longer-lasting southern formula, now available throughout the region, is for use in flower and landscape beds, not for vegetable gardens, water gardens or turf.

Preen's Cool New Battery-powered Spreader (Back to Top)
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Now the best-kept secret in gardening comes with its own secret weapon. This spring, Preen, the leader in garden weed preventers, rolls out its innovative new Battery-Powered Spreader applicator cap as an option on Preen Garden Weed Preventer and Preen Southern Weed Preventer.

For Weed-hating Gardeners, a Mulch with a 1-2 Punch (Back to Top)
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Many gardeners consider mulch an essential tool in the struggle against weeds, depriving weeds of the sunlight they need to grow. But weeds are tough. Weed seeds enter the garden carried by wind and birds. The average mulch can’t stop these, and often serves as a handy growth medium. Now, there’s a bagged mulch with effective weed preventers mixed in that prevents weed germination in garden soil and the mulch itself for up to six months per application.

Ingenious Gadgets Keep Smart Gardeners Playing in the Dirt (Back to Top)
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Gardeners who like things easy, have mobility issues or get muscle fatigue are always on the lookout for smart gardening gadgets designed to keep them playing in the dirt. This season some of the best are ingenious and, often low-tech, doing the job they’re designed to do brilliantly without added fuss or bother.


Organic Weed Prevention

Use Head First, Not Hoe, To Tackle Weeds (Back to Top)
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Nationally-respected gardening professional Kath LaLiberte has spent considerable time both professionally and personally thinking about weeds. Here she offers some interesting and practical tips on preventing weeds inthe vegetable garden.

In Vegetable Gardens, Fight Weeds Organically (Back to Top)
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In spring, as vegetable gardeners gear up to sow crops of homegrown produce, dormant weed seeds lie buried in the soil, ready to sprout the instant the right conditions occur. And sprout they will, leaving fledgling beans, zucchini, herbs and tomatoes to compete with fast-growing, naturally-adapted weeds for space, water and nutrients in the garden. Not everyone knows there's an organic pre-emergent weed preventer for vegetable gardens.