Every homeowner wants a weed-free garden, lawn, fence, or driveway. However, weeds are bound to sprout up wherever there are soil and moisture. Stay ahead by following the guidelines below about how to get a weed free garden.
10 Ways To Keep Your Garden Weed-Free:
Use The Right Equipment
Sharp-edged hoe – Effective to remove weeds just below the soil line
Steak knife – Remove roots from mulched beds
Old table fork – Twist out tendrils of henbit or chickweed
Cobrahead Weeder & Cultivator – Removes stubborn, deep-rooted roots. A fishtail weeder can also be used
Pruning loppers or string trimmers – Effective to remove weed heads
Dutch Hand hoe – Has a razor-blade-like head. Recommended for tight spaces
Swan Neck – For large borders try the half-moon shaped hoe called a Swan Neck.
Hand Trowel – This classic garden tool can be used to dig and lift weeds from garden beds.
Wet Or Dry Conditions Of Weed
It is time to take advantage of the dry conditions. Slice those weeds off just below the soil line with a sharp-edged hoe. Under wet conditions, you can use your hands to pull it out. Most importantly, please remember to wear your gardening gloves
Kill Removed Weeds With Heat
Rest the removed weeds with and without seeds on a compost pile. The heating temperature of the pile will customarily kill it all. Regularly mix the materials in your compost. Most importantly, timing is everything. Wait until your weedy heap reaches a nearly rotten state before making compost batches.
It’s time to start cooking. Your batches should stay at least three hours at 160°F to kill most weed seeds. It is important to reprocess your cooked compost for 3 weeks before using it. Thereafter, serve your garden with plant-pleasing compounds such as humic acids.
Chop Off Their Heads
When you are dealing with those stubborn heads, just chop off their heads. This method will not permanently remove your weeds, but it will reduce reseeding. Above all, they will use all of their food reserves, thus, limiting their spread.
Leave No Room For Weeds
Limit the spacing between your plants to prevent emerging weeds. You are allowed to shave off 25% of the recommended spacing of plants.
However, it is advised to stick with the spacing guidelines when working with plants that are prone to foliar diseases. These diseases include bee balms and phloxes. Make sure to educate yourself before reinventing your garden.
Deprive Weeds Of Water
There are many ways to water your plants while saying goodbye to weeds. One method is placing drip or soaker hoses beneath mulch. This alone reduces the risk of growing weeds by 50 – 70%
Smother Weeds With Mulch
Mulch offers many gardening benefits, but most importantly, it smothers weeds. It shades the soil so that weeds cant germinate. Moreover, it keeps your flowers hydrated by preserving the soil. Mulch includes shredded bark, wood chips, or pine needles. Depending on your planting term, you can also use straw, newspaper, or grass clippings.
Use Of Chemical Methods
Chemical controls consist of pre-emergent and post-emergent weeds. Pre-emergent chemicals are applied in the spring to prevent weed seeds from germinating. Please note that pre-emergent products prevent all seeds from germinating. In conclusion, avoid using these products where you plan to grow flowers or vegetables from seed. Timing is key. Applying the product too early or too late can minimize results. Read the label closely for the correct timing and application rates.
Inspect All New Plants
Before you introduce new plants to your garden, give them a good inspection. I know it sounds like hard work, but break apart the root ball and check the soil. There will be a chance that you might see fleshy, white, or light brown roots, also known as goutweed roots. Remove them before decorating your garden with more than just plants.
Avoid walking on the soil as much as possible. When you walk on the soil, is causes compaction. This reduces air pockets and prevents water to soak through the soil. The only plants that can grow under these conditions, is weeds. Try planting everything in containers. The good thing about containers is that you find them in different shapes, styles, and sizes.
In the case of using chemical methods, we recommend that you use the Agpro 16L Knapsack Sprayer (on sale now). This is an effective and easy-to-use spraying tool.
Beyond these strategies, enrich your soil with organic matter every chance you get to move your garden down the weed-free path. Fewer weed seeds germinate in soil that contains fresh infusions of good compost or organic matter. Stay I control of weed growth by keeping your soil healthy and well-fed.