- Keeping weeds from getting started will always be much easier than getting rid of weeds. For this reason you should Never Let Weeds Go To Seed. Each weed plant can produce hundreds or thousands of seeds, so if you remove weeds from the garden and placed in the compost heap before they go to seed then thousands of seeds won’t be added to the garden.
- Even packet lawn seed can be contaminated with weed seeds, so for proper weed control make sure that you only buy lawn seed that is certified to be weed free.
- Try and use weed free mulches on your garden, such as clean straw, pine bark or grass clippings.
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- Prepare you soil for planting in early spring and then leave it for 7 to 10 days. Then turn over the soil with a hoe to slice off the newly emerged weed seedlings before planting your vegetables.
- To dramatically reduce the amount of weeding that you have to do in your garden you should make sure that you garden beds are full of plants, especially ground covering varieties as these plants will stop weed seedlings from germinating and growing.
- As you would expect younger weeds are much easier to pull out because they have a less established root system. If you have a large area with many shallow rooted, small weeds then you can simply rake the area and leave the uprooted weeds to die.
- Weed seeds will only germinate in the top 5cms of soil, but can stay buried much deeper for years, so deep tilling of the soil will only bury weed seeds for later and also bring up seeds that were buried a long time ago.
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- The absolutely best way to get rid of weeds is Mulching, because it not only blocks their access to light but, more importantly, adds valuable organic material to your garden. Apply a 7-10cm layer of mulch between the rows of your vegetable patch or garden and it will slow down and prevent the re-growth of weeds. Some of the more common mulch materials include:
– Pine Bark
– Wood chips
– Pea Straw
– Grass clippings
– Newspapers placed on the soil and then covered with another mulch
- How to get rid of weeds growing between pavement cracks or under a deck – try pouring boiling water or vinegar over them. As a matter of fact vinegar is an environmentally friendly herbicide for weeds such as dandelions, foxtail, velvetleaf, smooth pigweed and thistle as it does not persist in the soil or cause contamination to ground water. You made need to repeat the treatment, but it does work.
- After you harvest the produce from your vegetable patch and have pulled the plants out wait a week or two and then cultivate the surface of the soil to eliminate any new weeds from taking over.
- Weeds are the bane of most gardening and weeding is usually a tiresome chore, however effective weed control is important because it not only makes you garden look much nicer but also because lots of weeds harbour diseases and pests that can harm your plants.
- If you are buying weed killer from the hardware or garden supply store then you can save money by buying the cheaper no-name brand, which is often just as effective as the more expensive brands. Just read the packets and look for the concentration of the ‘active ingredients’ and if they are the same or similar then go for the cheaper weed killer.
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- When dandelions are flowering on your lawn make sure that you mow the grass frequently to prevent the yellow blossoms from maturing into seeds.
- Since all plants including weeds need light for photosynthesis and to germinate you can make your own weed control device by smothering plants with cardboard or black plastic that is weighed down. Don’t leave plastic in place for more than couple months because soil needs air and water to remain healthy.