Weeds are one of the biggest issues for your flower and vegetable gardens. Not only do they look bad, they also have the ability to use up water and nutrients that your plants need in order to thrive. Do not let these annoying plants take over your garden! Here are the three steps you need to know in order to get rid of any weed issues.
- Start with the foundation
Weeding your garden can start before you even plant any of your garden. Adding a weed barrier on top of the soil will prevent weeds from coming up in your flower bed or garden. Weed barriers come in a variety of options so you do your research in the store to find the right one for you. In general, they are made of material that resembles very thin fabric and are often referred to as ‘landscape fabric’. Many brands use some type of poly to make the landscape fabric, such as polyethylene, polyester, or polypropylene. These types of weed barrier are generally inexpensive and are a great option for flower gardens. If you have a vegetable garden and want to keep things more natural you can get landscape fabric that is made from burlap.
The process of laying landscape fabric is pretty easy to figure out. First, you unroll the fabric and cut it to size. Then, lay it over the area and cut or tear openings in the spots where you are going to put plants. Once your plants are in the ground you simply place top soil over the entire area and you will not be able to see the landscape fabric. This fabric layer will allow your plants to soak up all the nutrients they need, while blocking any new weeds from sprouting. It is likely that a weed or two will break through the barrier but it will reduce the amount of time you'll spend de-weeding your yard by a lot.
Add a barrier on top
You can make it even harder for weeds to grow by adding a barrier onto the topsoil. Two common choices for the top layer of your garden are mulch and rocks. These two serve as both a weed barrier and also look natural in an outdoor setting. Garden mulch comes in a variety of colors and wood types. You can choose whatever color works best with the aesthetics of your garden. It will give a finished look to your garden and add an extra layer of protection from weeds. Garden rocks come in a variety of colors and shapes. The type of rock you put down is a design choice. Both rocks and mulch allow water through to your plants and block light from potential weeds.
Buy the right tools
Weeding your garden can be tough because it requires you to bend down and get in close to the ground. This can require you to bend over for extended periods of time or sit on your knees in order to reach the weeds. You can easily end up in pain after a weekend of weeding your flowerbeds and garden. Thankfully, there are some tools that can make the whole process easier and more comfortable. A good quality pair of garden gloves and a short handled weeding tool will both help make taking weeds out much easier on you. Knee pads that you wear or a pad that you lay on the ground can help relieve some of the pains you might otherwise have to deal with. Another option to help make the weeding process more comfortable is a garden seat or cart. Garden seats and carts are made to be low to the ground so that you won't have to strain too much to get near the weeds you're pulling. Garden carts have wheels for easy transport and often have storage room available for your garden tools.
Keep these three tips in mind before you plant, as well as while you maintain your garden, in order to keep weeds from sabotaging your plants.