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6 Top Weeding Tips for Your Garden

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Best Weeding Tips for Your Garden

"How do I kill weeds?" it's about existential gardening. Because without weed control there would be no gardening.

There are many tips, but it can be difficult to know what is the most effective way to control weeds. Here's an overview of the top six tips, so you can have a firm grip on how to minimize weeds in your garden.

Leave No Room for Weeds

Weeds, like any other plant, compete for light, nutrients, and water. If there is an open space, weeds are much easier to settle than if space is already occupied by other established plants.

Not leaving as little space for weeds as possible means planting thickly. At the same time, however, it is also necessary to avoid overcrowding as the plants grow and mature. Overcrowding causes poor air circulation and can trigger plant diseases.

For example, you can fill a bed with perennials, such as echinacea, which are 12 to 3 feet apart, depending on the variety. When you first plant them, there will be plenty of space between the individual plants.

One option is to plant the echinaceae a little closer to each other, remove some, and move them to later years when they grow. However, keep in mind that not all plants like to be moved. Or you can follow the recommended spacing and plant or sow annuals in the empty space to prevent weeds from entering.

Planting ground cover is another great way to keep weeds out. When choosing a ground cover, make sure it is well suited to neighbor plants. If you are a fast and vigorous grower, while other plants grow moderately or slowly, ground cover can take over. Also, make sure the height of the ground cover is low enough not to overshadow other plants.

Mulch

Mulch is another great way to prevent weed growth. Organic mulch doesn't last as long as an inorganic weed barrier, but organic mulch has many other benefits.

If blocking weeds is your primary goal, inorganic mulch may be the way to go. The best coverage also depends on the location. Using black plastic as mulch, for example, works well in a vegetable garden, although not in a flowerbed.

Black plastic is a good solution if you want to smother an entire area overgrown with weeds, especially those with an extensive root system. Depriving weeds of water and sunlight kills weeds, but it can take weeks or months.

Know Your Weeds

For effective weed control, it is important to know the weeds you are dealing with, especially if they are weeds that you encounter frequently or in many places in your garden.

Identify the weed: is it annual or perennial? What kind of root does it have? When does it bloom? Knowing these things helps to eliminate it completely, hit the weed at the right time, and dispose of it safely.

Some weeds, like garlic mustard, don't even need to be composted and should be thrown away because the seeds can remain viable or the plant can take root again after removal.

If you didn't remove the weeds before they bloomed, be sure to kill them at least before they produce seeds and can spread further. Never leave uprooted plants scattered around. In the flowering phase, weeds can continue to develop seeds, and if they already have a spike, the seeds will blow away.

Don’t Stir Up the Soil

What seems almost contradictory is a basic weed control rule that has to do with seed germination. Most weed seeds need light to germinate and will only do so in the top five inches of the soil.

Also, many weed seeds remain viable in the soil for a long time; Canadian thistle, for example, up to age 20. So when you plow or dig the soil, you catapult the weed seeds, which are naturally present by the thousands in any soil, in the sunlight, where they need to be to begin germinating.

Therefore, after touching the ground, immediately plant it or mulch it to prevent weed growth.

Use the Right Tools

The right weeding tool is important because the goal is to remove all grass with all its roots (assuming you know what kind of weed it is and what the root looks like).

There are dozens of different weeding tools, some multipurpose tools, some specialized, like a dandelion extractor. The tools you use are a matter of personal ergonomic preference and budget, but make sure the tool meets the basic requirements for reaching deep roots and surface tools for shallow roots. For the main roots, a common garden shovel is usually the best option.

Chemical Weed Control

Killing weeds with inorganic chemicals should be the last resort. The hundreds of herbicides on the market fall into two basic categories: pre-emergence herbicides for weed prevention and post-emergence herbicides that kill real plants.

It is essential to know what pests are being fought and their life cycle in order to be able to treat them with the right type of herbicide at the right time.

When using broad-spectrum herbicides, such as glyphosate-based herbicide, remember that it kills everything that falls, not just weeds.

This last tip may be the most important: don't give up. Weed control requires patience and tenacity; there are weeds in every gardening year, usually types you've never seen before that flew out of your neighbor's yard.

And you will never have a backyard without weeds; after all, weeds are part of nature. Of course, what an herb is to one person is a flower, or edible, to another.

Enjoy This Video Tutorial About How to weed your garden

Source: The Middle-Sized Garden

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