Three Steps To Less Weeds

Posted on Sep 20, 2018 9:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

Three Steps To Less Weeds | The Experienced Gardener

When you spend a lot of time on your garden, nothing is more frustrating than weeds coming in and making a mess out of your yard. They seem to pop up almost instantly, taking over your garden, your lawn, and because you have to spend so much time pulling them, your weekend.

It would be a perfect if there was a way to get rid of all weeds in your yard once and never worry about them again. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Weeds are a problem that us gardeners will have to deal with on a continual basis, For that reason, it’s important to have a plan that works for you.

Step 1. Finding a good weed killer

If you really want to get rid of weeds, you might need to consider tough measures. By that, we mean attack them with a weed killer. When it comes to weed killer, there are two routes you can go: store bought, or DIY.

If you don’t want to DIY your weed killer, and don’t have kids or pets who you’d be putting at risk, consider one of the many commercial weed killers around. Be sure to read the labels before you use any chemical products.

If you prefer to do things on your own, or if you like to stay away from chemicals whenever possible, you can make an efficient killer on your own. Combine a few simple household ingredients into a bucket and spray:



A large bucket (2-3 gallons)

1 gallon of white vinegar

1 cup of table salt.

1 tablespoon of liquid dishwashing soap.


Mix thoroughly

Use a funnel to carefully pour the mix into a plastic spray bottle.

Drench the weeds with the solution.

After a few days, the weeds will be dead, and you can remove them

Make sure you spray carefully so that you only get the mixture on the weeds that you want to kill. Don’t use the weed killer on your lawn, because nothing will grow in that spot going forward. You’ll also want to spray on a bright, sunny day.

If you want other plants to grow where the weeds were, don't add the salt to the mix. Only use vinegar and soap to spray the weeds.


Step 2. Trim your lawn correctly

Mowing your lawn is important, but make sure you’re not to mow it too short. While it might be tempting to keep your grass super short, cutting your lawn too short can encourage weed growth. When your grass is short, more sunlight reaches the sprouting weeds, leaving them room to grow with your grass. When you do mow your lawn, set it to the longest length setting. Making sure your lawn is a decent length will also keep seeds from getting close to the ground and germinating.


Step 3. Prevent future weed growth

Weed prevention might sound like a lost cause. However, that’s not always the case. Use black plastic sheeting over a 4-inch layer of mulch, and you’ll be on your way to having a weed-free area


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Topics: San Joaquin Valley, General Info, Gardens