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Revisiting Soil Solarization for Weed Management

Welcome to summer! Or at least I think it's summer since southern California is having a very strong “June Gloom” period that started before June and has touched July. You folks up north have had some pretty hot days though. That got me to...

Posted on Monday, July 8, 2019 at 7:24 AM
Tags: solarization (7)
Focus Area Tags: Pest Management

Reduce Soil Pests with Sunlight

Clear plastic is laid over planting beds to elevate soil temperatures. (Credit: K Windbiel-Rojas)

Soil solarization is a method home gardeners and farmers can use to manage soilborne pests such as weeds, disease pathogens, nematodes and insects. Solarization can reduce help reduce pesticides used to control these pests. Soil solarization is...

Posted on Monday, June 3, 2019 at 9:38 AM
Tags: control (41), disease (32), garden (46), heat (3), IPM (64), management (28), pest management (25), Pest Notes (58), pests (55), soil (4), solarization (7), Stapleton (2), UC IPM (225), weeds (64)

Soil Solarization: a process for controlling weeds

Figure 2. Plastic removed (in center) after 4 weeks of solarization.

You say, it is a little late in the summer to be talking about using soil solarization for weed control because it works best in the summer when the days are long with high temperatures. Maybe we can learn some things from past situations where control...

Posted on Monday, October 20, 2014 at 8:45 AM
Tags: solarization (7), weed control (80)

Using solar tents to inactivate invasive weed seeds

Graphic by Cynthia Stapleton, adapted from Journal of Pest Science 85:17-21

In the backyard or in the wild, roguing (selectively pulling or cutting weed plants) and herbicide spot treatments can help prevent small patches of invasive weeds from becoming large infestations. However, herbicide applications may be of little value...

Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 10:00 AM
  • Author: James Stapleton
Tags: solar tents (1), solarization (7), weeds (64)

Solar tents for killing weed seed in the field

Dumpster filled with weeds

If you have a site, especially a remote site with invasive plants, in particular infested with hard to eradicate invasive plants like veldtgrass or perennial pepperweed, you can't just cut or treat the plants and leave them in the field to rot. You often...

Posted on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 10:22 AM

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