Summary: This is a method of weed control practiced before planting. Most weeds germinate from very shallow layers in the soil – the top 2 to 3 cm. By allowing the weeds to emerge and be killed before planting with little disturbance to the soil, it is possible to reduce the number of weeds that will infest the crop.
How to prepare a stale seedbed:
- The area should be smooth and ready to plant
- Irrigate area or wait for rain sufficient to germinate weeds
- About 7 to 10 days after the rain or irrigation, perform shallow tillage with a rake or hoe to kill the weeds. Can also spray with glyphosate herbicide (Roundup) to kill weeds.
- Again irrigate or wait for rain sufficient to germinate weeds.
- Repeat step 3.
- The area is now ready for planting.