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Weed Suppressive Groundcovers 2009

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Project Leaders: B. Eshenaur, NYS IPM; A. Senesac, Cornell Ext. Long Island Research & Education Ctr; I. Bradley, Cornell Ext. Long Island Research & Education Ctr.; E. Lamb

Cooperators: R. Baglia, Orange County Extension Educator; C. Logue, Albany County Extension Educator; S. Webber, Erie County Extension Educator


Cornell research found certain that certain plants can be used to naturally suppress weeds.  Some of these plants are attractive and represent a new market potential for NY greenhouse producers. 

With funding from NYFVI we published a color brochure and website to describe these plants and promote their use to suppress weeds and reduce herbicide use in landscapes.  We worked with growers and planted on-farm demonstration gardens at several locations across the state.  

The brochures have been well received. They are available through the Extension system and at garden center retailers.   Hundreds of New York growers are now familiar with weed-suppressive plants and the new way they may be marketed to sell more plants. Ultimately, the NY consumers purchasing these plants will benefit from having plants that perform well in their landscapes and keep down weeds without herbicides. Producers that are promoting and selling these weed suppressive groundcovers have benefited from having a new market niche.