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Controlling Weeds in Ginseng Patch

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From: Larry Baer
Peoria, IL
I've benn growing Ginseng in the woods for about 10 years and I usually clear out all sticks, logs, weeds by hand to grow it. Can you recomend a herbacide that will kill everything but trees on the forest floor. Can you also recomend one that would keep grass and weeds out of my patches of ginseng that I could spray and not have to pull weeds. - If there is such a thing- Thanks,Larry

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From: Jay Hayek
Extension Specialist, Forestry
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences

Unfortunately, there is not a magical herbicide you can apply to prevent BOTH grass and broadleaf weed germination without harming young seedlings or your money crop, ginseng. Ginseng is classified as a broadleaf and therefore is susceptible to any pre-emergent or post-emergent broadleaf herbicide. If you want to use an herbicide program, then you will have to apply herbicides prior to establishing your ginseng patch.

Sorry, manual weed removal is your only "guaranteed" option for controlling grass and broadleaves in a woods-grown ginseng patch.


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