Weeds are the bane of existence for every garden enthusiast out there. Surprisingly, though, a garden needs its weeds to recoverfrom the barren patches, yet they can be a threat to your valuable plants if neglected.Weeds suck up all the nutrients of the soil before it even has the chance of replenishing it naturally, as well as fertilizers which are supplied externally. With the correct tools at hand and a good understanding of weeds, one can easily keep their garden plants growing minus the extra weeds. Also, with consistent maintenance, your garden can be weed-free and yield more produce in the long run. There are various different methods, such as watering the plants correctly, using the best weed eater, etc., and so, below are some easy hacks to help you combat the invasion of weeds in your garden.
Mulch it up
Mulch is a layer of organic matter, such as leaves, straw, pine needles, etc. that covers the soil. Besides working as a heat protector, mulching your garden keeps sunlight only at the surface level. It keeps the soil cool and moist, depriving weeds of the light they need. As a result, there can be a drastic decrease in weeds! However, chunky and uneven mulch can still let in light, which will, in turn, make weeds grow in the mulch. To prevent this, spread out an even layer of newspaper, cardboard or biodegradable paper and then spread your organic mulch over it.
Off with their heads
When the going gets tough, the tough gets going. Let’s not allow these weeds to grow stronger, shall we? Hence, when all else fails, behead those weeds mercilessly with the best weed eater in the market. Cutting off the weed heads buys us a few weeks’ time before seeding starts in annual weeds, or even reduces re-seeding in perennial weeds. Using a weed eater or string trimmer, cut the prickly thistles and brambles before they go to seed.
Minding the gap
When there are walking rows in between different plots, the weeds growing there will be quick to spread in the adjacent plots. Hence, keep the gaps weed free or do not keep gaps at all. When plant spacing is close, it chokes out the weeds that might grow there by shading the soil with plants. However, most spacing recommendations are based on the assumption that mature plants will barely touch each other in the adjacent plots.
One should be careful to water only the desirable plants, not the undesirables that are the weeds. By placing drip or soaker hoses beneath mulch, we can effectively water plants while leaving the adjacent weeds deprived of water. This method effectively reduces weed-seed germination by 50-70 percent in most climates.
Stack ‘em up
Once you have done all the dirty work, there remains a huge mess to be cleaned. Using weeds to prepare compost for plants is an excellent solution to this problem. Then again, the risk of weed seeds going into your compost bin remains an active one. Separating the seeds from a huge compost pile can be cumbersome, hence, heating your compost and killing the dormant weeds is the way to go.