Weeds are one of the most annoying problems you’ll encounter in your gardening career. These pesky plants seem to pop up everywhere, no matter how much you try to beat them back.
As with most things, though, a little education goes a long way. Here are the five best solutions to lawn care and mowing tips for your garden
When it comes to weeding, it pays to be smart.
Weeds come in two varieties: perennials and annuals. Perennial weeds store the vast bulk of their energy in their roots to help them survive the winter months. Annuals, on the other hand, mainly exist above the soil, releasing seeds to form the next generation before dying back altogether at the end of the year.
It turns out that most annuals won’t resprout when you cut them off at the root. If they are not rhizomatous (spreading from underground stems), then they usually can’t recover and will disappear. When removing these weeds, prioritise removing the seeds that spawn the next generation. Click here if you need some assistance resolving the weeds in your garden
By contrast, perennials will often resprout but will struggle to come back in the same season if you cut them off at the root. Whether they do or not depends on the species, soil conditions and climate. Even so, it helps control the rate of growth of weeds in your garden and avoids the need to dig.
Use Weed Killer
Weed killers use a compound called glyphosate that blocks an enzyme weeds use for making proteins they need for growth. When they come into contact with the chemical, it shuts down the mechanisms they need to build new cells. Consequently, they yellow and die over the following days and weeks.
It’s best to use weedkiller in a controlled manner. While some “glyphosate-ready” plants can survive the chemical, most garden-variety species are susceptible and will die if they come into contact with it. Thus, you need to target it carefully.
Weedkiller works best when applied in the early spring, as seeds start to germinate.
Cover Your Beds In Mulch
Like other plants, weeds need sunlight to grow. If they don’t get it, then they can’t produce the sugars and proteins that they need to thrive.
Covering your beds in a layer of thick mulch prevents practically all weed species from gaining a foothold. This approach works best for areas of your garden you’d like to keep bare, such as patches of land surrounding trees and woody, tall bushes.
Put Down Newspaper
Just like mulch, putting down newspaper also deprives the weeds in your garden access to sunlight. It stops existing shoots in their tracks and prevents new ones from emerging through the soil.
First, wet the newspaper so that it is heavy enough to stay on the ground in a breeze. Then layer in on top of problem areas ten sheets at a time. After that, add a couple of inches of mulch.
If you’re using a liquid desiccant to kill your weeds, like vinegar, then adding soap to the mix can make it more potent. Detergent chemicals remove the waxy, oily protective layer of the plant, making it more susceptible to dehydrating ingredients.