- Cultivate and rake.
- Irrigate the plot deeply.
- Cultivate the new weed seedlings.
- Plant while soil is still wet.
The preparation of your soil is just as important as adding
fertilizer and soil amendments. Prior to cultivation, make
sure the soil is moist but not thoroughly wet. Then cultivate
the top 1 to 2 inches of soil and rake the area to remove
weeds and old crop debris. Be sure to dig out roots. Next
irrigate the plot deeply to encourage the germination of
weed seeds. In a week or two, after a substantial number
of weeds have germinated, cultivate the area again to kill
the weed seedlings. You may use a shovel, rototiller, metal
bow rake, or all of them together. Be sure to break up the
clods in the soil, as seeds planted in cloddy soil will
germinate poorly and won't live long because the soil dries
too quickly. Form soil into beds if desired, and plant while
soil is still wet.