Weeds can cause major problems for your flower and vegetable gardens. The weeds look bad and have the ability to use up water and nutrients that your plants need in order to thrive. Do not let these pesky plants take over your garden! There are three steps you can take to make the whole process of weeding your garden quicker and more effective.
- Start with the foundation
Weeding your garden can start before you ever put in the first plant. You can put a weed barrier on top of the soil to prevent weeds from coming up in your flower bed or garden. Weed barriers come in a variety of options so you should be able to find one for your situation. 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 relatively simple. 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 you have your plants in the ground you simply put top soil over the whole area and you will not be able to see the landscape fabric. It will allow the plants you put in to get the water and nutrients they need while blocking new growth from weeds. It is likely that a weed or two will break through the barrier but you will have much less weeding to do if you put landscape fabric down as the foundation.
- Add a barrier on top
You can make things even more difficult for weeds by adding a barrier onto the topsoil. Two popular options for the top layer of your garden are mulch and rocks. These two serve as both a weed barrier and a decorative element. 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.
- Invest in the right tools
Weeding your garden can be hard work because it requires you to get close to the ground. This can mean that you have 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 high quality pair of garden gloves and a short handled weeding tool will both help make the weeding process easier. Knee pads that you wear or ones that you lay on the ground can help save your knees from being sore for several days after working on your garden. Another option to help make the weeding process more comfortable is a garden seat or cart. Garden seats and carts are made to be close to the ground so you do not have to bend over very far to get to the weeds. Garden carts have wheels for easy transport and often have storage room available for your garden tools.
These three steps are simple but they will make a huge difference in your ability to maintain a weed-free garden.