Weeds are nature’s healing remedy for sites that are wounded or devoid of plants. However, they also rob most of the nutrients and moisture in the soil before it can reach other plants. Controlling the weeds in your garden not only improves its appearance but alsoensures that your plants will get all the nutrition that they need to become healthy.
Daily weeding and caring of plants keep most weeds under control. However, a large garden maybe too hard to maintain alone since many weeds are invasive and spread quickly to the rest of your garden if not removed promptly. Although handpicking protects small gardens, for large areas, adding a weed barrier or hiring a professional landscaping Eastern Suburbs from Amico can help solve your weeding problem and maintain your garden’s health and overall appearance.
Arming yourself with a better understanding of weeds and the tips we have outlined here will give you more time to enjoy your well-groomed garden.
- Do Not DisturbSleeping Weeds
Every part of your garden most likely contains weed seeds. However, only those in the top inch or two of the soil gets enough light to trigger germination. Cultivating the soil or digging it brings out hidden weed seeds to the surface allowing them to grow. To avoid this, dig only when needed and immediately salve disturbed spots with plants or mulch. You can also minimize disturbance in your lawns by using a sharp knife with a narrow blade to slice the roots of your lawn weeds to severe their feed source rather than digging them out. Always remember that weed seeds can remain dormant for a very long time and may come out at any opportunity.
- Use Mulch
Mulch has many benefits to your plants such as keeping the soil cool and moist and depriving weeds of sunlight. Also, organic mulches may host crickets and carabid beetles which canseek and devour thousands of weed seeds.
It is important to replenish your mulch as needed and keep it about two inches deep so that no weed can lace through your mulches. Also, make sure not to make your mulch more than three inches deep as it can deprive the soil of much need oxygen. Another tip is to cover the soil’s surface with a light block sheet, such as cardboard or newspaper, and spread mulch over it to keep the sunlight from reaching the weed seeds.Don’t give weeds the chance to see the light and keep the mulch coming to smother out weeds.
On seldom-dug areas such as root zones of shrubs and trees, use this method with tough landscape fabric for light blocking the bottom sheet. However, as soon as the organic matter accumulates on the fabric, weed seeds dropped by birds or carried in on the wind will start to grow. For the bottom layer to be effective, pull them before they sink their roots through and into the soil.
- Weed According To Weather Conditions
As the old saying goes, “pull when wet; hoe when dry” is a clever suggestion when facing weeds. After a drenching rain, head out to your garden with a sitting pad and a table fork. Use the fork to twist out tendrils of henbit or chickweed. For bigger weeds, use a fishtail weeder or pry up tap-rooted weeds.
During dry weather, weeds that are sliced off below the soil line will promptly shrivel up and die especially if you use a sharp-edged hoe. In mulched beds, you can use an old steak knife to cut weeds from their roots, then patch any open spaces left in the mulch.
- Loop Off Their Heads
Cutting back the tops of perennial weeds decreases reseeding and forces them to make use of food reserves and exhaust their supply of root buds, thus limiting their spread. However, you will need pruning loppers to take down towers of ragweed. You can also make use of a string trimmer equipped with a blade attachment which can cut prickly weeds such as thistles or brambles. Always keep in mind that chopping down the weeds before they go to seed will help them stop from spreading.
- Mind Gaps Between Plants
When the spacing of plants is too close, it chokes out emerging weeds by shading the soil between them. Prevent weed-friendly gaps by using a mass planting design rather than with polka dots or widely scattered ones. You can read some more about spacing recommendations and guidelines when working with different types of plants online. Or you can ask your friendly gardeners Balmain from Amico to help you on that.
- Do Not Water Weeds
Water on the plants that you need and deprive the weeds of any moisture. Using a drip or soaker horses beneath mulch efficiently irrigates plants and leaves the weeds thirsty. Weed seed germination is reduced by fifty to seventy percent in most climates when you use this method.
Aside from using these strategies, it is important to keep enriching your soil with organic matter every chance you get since fewer weed seeds germinate in soil that contains fresh infusions of good compost or organic matter.