Weed seed can come in when you incorporate manure in the garden. Many weeds’ seeds pass through the animal without being digested and will be in the manure. Composting the manure will reduce the problem. Mulch materials can harbor weed seed, too. Use only coastal Bermuda hay, which doesn’t produce seed. It’s grown from cuttings and doesn’t have seed heads. Many of the other types of hay will have weed seeds, including wheat straw. Many of the books you read say to dig the garden deep. Well, this is good in one way — it buries the weed seed deep. But at the same time, deep digging brings up weed seeds that haven’t seen the light for many years. Many can live 10 to 12 years and then germinate when conditions are right. Remove Weeds NowThe best thing, though, is to remove the weeds now, before they produce mature seeds.Pull, hoe, chop, rototill, mulch, bury, burn, eat (yes, some people actually like to eat purslane)or destroy them in some manner.A wise man once said, “Friends come and go, but enemies accumulate.” For thegardener, the enemies are the weeds. For that perfect garden next year, get the weeds outthis year. My father used to say, “One year of seeds, son, and you can count on seven yearsof weeds.”What he was saying was that the one year that you let the weeds mature and produceseeds will return and haunt you for the next seven years. Like most things he told me,this has surely come to pass.Weeds are your garden’s enemies. They rob precious water and nutrients from your gardenplants. They harbor insects and diseases. They compete for light. And most of all, theycause you untold work trying to keep them under control.Actually, the best control is the easiest: don’t let them grow. Garden weeds are goingto seed now, so now is the time to remove them from your garden. Compost them orotherwise, but just make sure that they don’t fall and remain in the garden area.Other Weed ControlsThree other controls of weed seed that might be helpful:
Singer Richie Stephens and musician/producer Steven ‘Lenky’ Marsden were honored at the ASCAP Music Awards in London on October 16.Stephens walked away with two awards: Song of The Year and Top Digital Song, while Marsden earned a writer’s award for Luv, a song by Tory Lanez and Let Me Love You by DJ Snake and Canadian pop star Justin Bieber.A beaming Richie Stephens with his ASCAP Awards at the ASCAP Music Awards in London on October 16.Richie Stephens was recognized for his Sail Away rhythm, which he produced in 1998. The beat was sampled by Rihanna and Drake for their international hit song, Work.Once signed to Motown RecordsThe 50-year-old Stephens was once signed to Motown Records and is known for a number of dancehall hits including Fight Back (with Garnet Silk) and Maniac (with Bounty Killer). He had a big production 19 years ago with the album Sail Away which yielded several hit songs in Jamaica. This is his third ASCAP award for 2017.In May, Paul Williams, president of ASCAP, presented Stephens with a songwriter’s award for Work during the 34th annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards in Los Angeles.Biggest hit of 2016Work was arguably the biggest hit song of 2016. It was co-produced by Jamaica-born, Canada-based Matthew Samuels.Marsden has been one of Jamaica’s top musicians/producers for over 20 years. His biggest success came with the Diwali rhythm, also released in 1998. It drove several massive hits including Sean Paul’s Get Busy and No Letting Go by Wayne Wonder.