Weeds! They happen to be a gardener’s worst nightmare. They grow discreetly and silently, and then spring up all over your garden only to eat away at your prized plants. So how do you go about taking care of these pesky plants without harming your garden? Simple, here are some really useful tips that would keep these weeds away from your garden for good.
Here Are 8 Effective Ways To Remove Weeds From Your Garden:
Pull, Dig and Chop
Try pulling the weeds out manually. Wet the soil a bit beforehand as the roots would come out easier that way. Grab hold of the weed near its root (close to the soil) and pull it out gently.
In some cases, you may end up breaking the weed which means the root is still in the soil. In this case, use a small fork to gently uplift the soil until you locate the root and remove it. Persistent weeds tend to re-grow in which case the roots may be deeper than you think. In such cases, it is best you use a shovel to dig them out completely.
If pulling or chopping seems like too much of a task, you can still keep the weeds from spreading by chopping off their heads at least once every week. This would prevent the weeds from seeding all over your garden.
Grow Cover Crops
An effective way to prevent weeds from growing in your garden is to plant cover crops. These cover crops would enrich your soil as well. However, they are hard to grow so you might need to put some extra effort into the process. Common examples of some cover crops include oats, buckwheat, clover, peas and rye, etc.
Mulch would block sunlight and prevent anything from growing underneath it. Therefore, applying mulch in between your plants as well as along the rows would effectively keep weeds at bay. Make sure you leave a little gap near the base of your plants while adding the mulch to the soil and apply two inches of it to keep weeds and insects away. Common ingredients that can be used in mulch include shredded leaves, organic matter and wheat straw, etc.
Trim Garden Edges
Most of us tend to mow the garden but leave the edges untrimmed. This would leave way for weeds to enter the garden successfully. So make sure you trim the edges of your garden while mowing to prevent the growth of weeds.
Plant Your Plants Closer
Planting your plants closer together would prevent the growth of weeds in between them. You can attempt this step if the soil is rich enough to support plants planted close together.
Grow The Weeds First
You can also opt to grow the weeds first and then pull them out altogether before planting regular plants. This way, you can minimize their chances of entering the garden again. Accordingly, place plastic sheets all over the garden to absorb heat during the day. This would encourage the weeds to grow after which you can pull or hoe them out.
Turing around the soil too much can actually encourage weeds to grow. If you fail to remove the weeds completely from the soil, you would only provide a favorable environment for their growth by turning over the soil and exposing them to direct sunlight (weeds love sunlight in case you didn’t know). An alternative would be to turn the soil at night, dawn or dusk in order to avoid exposing weeds to sudden light. Doing so would reduce weed germination drastically. It would also give you a head start in getting rid of them from your garden.
Try Drip Irrigation
While it would be less time consuming to simply install an irrigation system and let it water your garden, you can keep out weeds if you attempt to water the plants yourself. By irrigating only the plants that need it, you can prevent the growth of weeds in other areas and paths.