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In my wanna be food forest I  am over run with mainly 3 weeds. Bermuda grass, some other grass, and morning glory.  I had the area weed free not to long ago, but I'm working a lot so I used a sprinkler, and now the weeds have taken over.  The weeds pull out easy, but it's a lot of weeds, and let's be honest I just don't want to spend all my days off weeding.  My though is weed around what I have planted. Mow low the other areas. Put down cardboard, and add wood chips.  I know the weeds will find a way through, but I'm hoping it will at least make it manageable. I was thinking in the beginning the cardboard will keep a lot of the water from going into the ground, and help dry up some of the weeds.  I can't just leave the weeds if I want anything else to grow.  The morning glory alone will strangle everything.
I could spray vinegar on the weeds, see if they die then add more wood chips. I just worry I will kill the plants am trying to grow.
I look forward to hearing what your thoughts are. Thanks
 
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I am having a weed problem this year too!

I would do the cardboard and wood chips as you suggested. Though I don't have cardboard and woodchips so I am using anything I can find to cover the weeds and it is working especially now that it is hot.
 
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The morning glories, depending on the species, may have edible roots after proper prep. They're actually wild sweet potatoes. That would also be an effective method of controlling them, of course, I've read that the bigger & older the roots are, the tougher they get.
 
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That’s interesting about morning glories. How would you prepare them? I’m overrun with them
 
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I've never tried it myself, though some species may be inedible altogether. I think you cut the roots into chunks & boil them, but I would double check me, just to be safe.
 
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This post from eat the weeds may be of help to see if edibility may be possible....
 
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