Weeds in your flower beds steal nutrients, water, and sunlight from your beloved plants. They need to go at any cost! You can eradicate them by pulling them by hand or spraying a herbicide but these methods don’t always work. Some weeds drop their seeds when you pull them from the ground and this allows them to regrow in a very short time. The best thing to do is to ensure that the weeds don’t grow in the first place but if you have weeds, there are several things that you can do right now
Use a Weed Barrier
Before you plant your garden, lay down burlap, landscape fabric, or cardboard in your flower bed. This is a very good method to make sure that the weeds stay at bay. Overlap the ends of each fabric strip by 3 to 6 inches, and anchor down the edges with U-shaped garden staples. Then, cut an X and pin back the material anywhere you want to plant flowers
Another great method that you can use is applying a thick layer of mulch. A 3-inch layer of mulch will drown out the sunlight and make the weeds starve to death. Apart from killing weed, mulch always provides a decorative appearance, improves moisture retention, prevents erosion, and serves as a great pest control.
Weeds are seen as an annoyance but they are nature’s way of healing wounded and bare sites. After all, plant roots are very important to hold the soil together and prevent erosion. If you add fresh infusions of good quality compost or organic matter, dormant weed seeds won’t have enough space to germinate.
Till Only When Necessary
Every inch of soil has weed seeds but the seeds that are located one to two inches from the surface get the necessary sunlight to germinate. Overturning the soil brings in newer seeds to the surface, resulting in a new eruption of the weed cycle. It is a good idea to keep the tilling to a minimum to avoid excessive weed growth.
Weed growth is a serious issue that needs to be addressed immediately. If you want to ensure optimal health for your garden, you should get rid of weeds as soon as possible. If you are looking for an expert landscaper, you are at the right place because we take care of all sorts of gardening and landscaping issues. Just get in touch with us today and let us take care of the rest!