In the Garden: Midsummer weed control

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) Now that it's not too hot anymore, it's time to get out in your garden and see how things are going again. Need some weeding tips? Charlie Nardozzi knows how to keep weeds under control.

Sharon Meyer: So, we're talking about weeding today.

Charlie Nadozzi: Yes we are, because we are at crossroads here in the summer. Either you've been weeding and things look ok, or you are going to let it go.

Sharon Meyer: Well I was going to say if this is an example of a garden with weeds in it, it looks pretty good compared to my garden.

Charlie Nadozzi: It does, and I like this one because it's a good example of being able to weed early and often.

Sharon Meyer: Staying on top of it.

Charlie Nadozzi: Staying on top of it. There are two kinds of weeds, there are annual weeds like the purslane and the things that are growing in here, and there are perennial weeds, and you treat them differently. So an annual weed, you just want to slice off their heads basically. And you can do that with a flat hoe like this one, or a stirrup hoe -- anything with a blade that has an edge to it. And you basically just go along and just scuffle like this. So you could do this forever, and once the sun comes out that will kill those weeds. The other thing is, most people when they hoe, they do it like this, with their thumbs pointing down and bending over. That's not good for your back. There's a better way -- thumbs up.

Sharon Meyer: Like this?

Charlie Nadozzi: Yes, thumbs up. And you just scuffle along as you walk -- there you go. And that way you keep your back straight. Now for perennial weeds I have to show you a different technique. For perennial weeds like dandelions, thistles, plantain, things with big root systems.

Sharon Meyer: These seem like the tough ones!

Charlie Nadozzi: These are the tough ones, you've gotta get on your hands and knees for these. The tool of choice for that is the cobrahead hoe, and it looks like a cobra.

Sharon Meyer: It does.

Charlie Nadozzi: But it's a good weapon because it actually rips out a lot of the root system, so it won't come back again.

Sharon Meyer: So how do you keep them from coming back?

Charlie Nadozzi: Ah, that's where the mulch comes in. So after you've weeded your annual or perennial weeds, put down some straw, some bark mulch, something that's going to prevent those weeds from coming back again.