How to Have a Weed Free Garden?
How to Have a Weed Free Garden?

It can be a hard job to make sure that your lawn or garden is weed free. But there are some things you can try to make sure that you eliminate the majority of weeds. Whenever a weed gets planted in your garden, it will not take too long until your garden is covered in weeds. So you need to be vigilant and make sure that you do all you can to reduce the chance of weeds growing in the garden.

Some of the weeds that will be wreaking havoc in your garden are chickweed, crabgrass, dandelions and thistles. Weeds usually produce a lot of seeds and they germinate very quickly and establish themselves in new environments. They can withstand more environmental forces than a typical garden plant and you will regularly see weeds surviving in high traffic areas. While weeds can also have a beauty of their own, if you have specific plants or flowers in your garden, they will compete with the weeds for light, water, soil, nutrition and sunlight. When there is a lot of competition, weeds can cover ground faster and take up all the nutrition starving your plants. You need to have a plan to eliminate weeds before they take root in the garden. You can use a backpack weed sprayer once you identify the weed that is plaguing your garden. Then you will be able to select the proper herbicide for that weed species. Make sure that you read the label of the herbicide to ensure its effectiveness.

You can use pre-emergent herbicides before you plant so that weeds will not germinate in the soil. There are certain weed species and families these herbicides will target. You can spray the garden after you cultivate or in the beginning of spring. You need to soak the ground after you spray pre-emergent herbicides to activate it. Mulching is also important and it is a natural way of ensuring that weeds don’t take over your garden. The mulch layer you apply has to be a thick layer and this will help the soil retain moisture as well.

The thickness of mulch will ensure that small weeds are smothered. It creates an inhospitable environment for weeds. When there is a lot of space between plants that is an invitation for weeds to grow as they love open spaces that receive a lot of sunlight. So when you are planting, the plants have to be kept close together. But they shouldn’t be cramped in a small space either. You can use a plant grid to ensure that sufficient space between plants is kept.

When you bring new plants from a bursary, make sure that you inspect them well for any weeds that are growing with them. There may be small weeds sprouting with the new transplants so you have to remove them or any seeds before you plant them in the garden. Constant weeding will help prevent the spread of weeds as well. You need to be careful where you water the garden. Only water the areas that require it so that other areas are deprived of water and don’t create a good environment for weeds to thrive.

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