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Response to AndyA (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2013, 06:30 PM

2. I have an azalea that I have had for years.

There are always weeds growing around it, and I never heard that I could do damage to the roots if I dug the weeds up, so I have. All the time. I have never had a problem.

I rarely use chemicals, but there are times when they may be needed. (They aren't for me because I am not all that picky about how the garden looks and I do a lot of pulling up weeds.) Just remember that if Roundup touches anything that you do not want to kill, you could kill it. The only time I have ever used it is in cracks of the sidewalk where I can't get the weeds pulled out and there is nothing else around the weed.

Also, you may find that you do not have to dig much to get the weeds, depending on what they are. If the soil is rather wet, like it often is in the spring in my part of the country, many weeds will pull out without digging. Try it first before you do a lot of digging.

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