In the summer, homeowners find themselves facing unwanted weeds in their backyards and gardens. Weed control takes up a big portion of garden work, leaving many property owners desperate for solutions on how to prevent weeds from coming back.
With a few weeding tips, you can be on your way to a happy gardening season.
Tip 1: Kill Weeds at the Root
There are weed seeds all over your garden. If you get caught up in destroying the weed seeds before they germinate and grow into weeds, you’ll be in for an uphill battle. Not all weed seeds will germinate and grow. Only the ones within an inch or two of the soil will have access to enough sunlight to grow. By digging and cultivating the soil, you bring weed seeds that are buried beneath the surface closer to the top, making it easier for the seeds to receive the sunlight they need to grow. So, try not to disturb the soil often.
When it comes to lawns, minimize soil disturbance by using a narrow blade to cut through the roots of dandelions and other lawn weeds.
Tip 2: Mulch as Much as Possible
Mulching your plants not only helps keep the soil moist, but it also starves weeds of sunlight. It also creates an environment conducive for insects like crickets and beetles that eat weed seeds. The more you mulch, the easier it will be to keep weeds at bay. The ideal amount of mulch is about 2 inches deep – anything more than that may deprive the soil of oxygen.
Tip 3: Choose a Suitable Time to Weed
A good time to go on a “weed attack” is soon after a downpour. Wet, loose soil makes pulling out weeds much easier.
Tip 4: Cut off Weed Heads
If you are unable to pull weeds out from the root, chopping them off at their heads prevents weeds from spreading by forcing them to exhaust their food supply. All you need to do this is pruning loppers.
Tip 5: Limit the Space between Plants
Planting plants close together can help choke out weeds. Many plants have spacing recommendations to ensure the plants have enough room to flourish when they reach maturity, but cutting off 25 percent of the recommended spacing usually doesn’t create many problems. If you are planting plants that are prone to foliar diseases, you may want to adhere to the guidelines.
Tip 6: Don’t Water the Weeds
Drip irrigation is a great way to only water what you want to grow. By place drip hoses underneath mulch, you can deprive weeds of water. This can reduce weed seed germination by 50 to 70 percent. Not only that, it conserves water, too.
Tip 7: Identify the Type of Weeds in Your Garden
Not all garden weeds are the same. Knowing what kind of weeds are invading your garden can help you research effective ways for weed control.
Tip 8: Contact a Weed Control Specialist
If you’re having problems with your weed control, get in touch with a landscaping specialist. Either ask them for their expert opinion on removing weeds from your garden or hire them to come to your property. This way, you make sure the job is done properly and your lawn is weed-free for a few months.