If you were to keep track of how many hours you spent on your garden, you’d find controlling weeds to being the longest chore you’re doing. Although you may find the first few weeks of getting rid of annoying weeds satisfying, you may not feel the same in a couple of months. So here are four tips for controlling weeds in your garden.
Make Sure To Mulch
Mulching can be beneficial for plants because it keeps the soil cool and moist, depriving weeds of light. Additionally, organic mulches can host carabid beetles and crickets, which look for and kill thousands of weed seeds.
Unfortunately, some light passes through thick, chunky mulches; therefore, you may find that the mulch you used is filled with weed seeds. Consequently, it would help to replenish the mulch as needed to keep it about two inches deep. Depending on your garden situation, you can set weeds back by blocking the soil’s surface with a light-blocking sheet of newspaper, cardboard, or biodegradable fabric. Doing this will make it easier to spread the mulch over it while tackling any weed seeds.
Water Your Plants, Not Weeds!
You want to may a habit of keeping up with your plants; however, you don’t want to water any weeds. If you place drip or soaker hoses underneath your mulch, it will irrigate plants and deprive weeds of water, leaving them thirsty.
Don’t Leave Any Open Gaps In Between Plants
You want to make sure to close plant spacing because it’ll help prevent any weeds from emerging from the shading soil in between plants. You can avoid weed-inviting gaps from the beginning by designing with mass planting or in drifts of closely spaced plants. Rather than scattered polka dot ones of widely scattered plants.
Chop Of Their Heads
When it becomes a hassle to remove weeds, the next best thing to do is remove their heads. You see, with annual weeds, when you remove their heads, it buys you time or maybe even a few weeks before more weed seeds start to appear. By removing the tops of perennial weeds, for instance, a bindweed can help reduce them from reseeding and forces weeds to use up their food reserves, which results in them limiting their overall spread.
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