Weed Control

The most difficult problem you will face when growing elderberries is weed control. Because they have shallow roots, do not cultivate deeper than 2 inches. After the first year, it is best to avoid disturbing the soil at all because the slightest injury can damage the fibrous root system or kill one of the new upright shoots. To control weeds without disturbing the elderberry roots, use a combination of pulling weeds by hand—especially while they are still small—and mowing and mulching. Once you develop a thick hedgerow of plants, elderberries can suppress weeds quite well.

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