Weeds are the bane of every gardener’s existence. It seems like no matter how hard you try and how often you pull them out by the roots, they just keep coming back. Unfortunately, these weeds can steal nutrients, water, and even sunlight from your flowers, causing them to shrivel and wilt in time. Weeding is an important plant caretaking skill, and the tips below can make it much simpler and more effective.
Use Mulch Appropriately
One of the best things any home or business owner can do to keep their flowerbeds pristine and weed-free is spreading a two-inch layer of mulch directly over the soil. Though some weeds can still poke through, especially if there are roots beneath the surface, the mulch does prevent new seeds from germinating. Mulch can also make it much simpler to remove any weeds that do break the surface.
Pull Weeds After Rainfall or Irrigation
You probably already know that you must remove the entire weed – root and all – to prevent it from coming back. Certain weeds have incredibly large and strong roots, which can make the removal process difficult. To simplify things and save your back, weed your flowerbeds immediately after a good soaking rainfall. If rain isn’t in the forecast, irrigate thoroughly and then pull weeds. It makes a big difference.
Create a Schedule
If your flowerbeds are large or extensive, weeding might feel like an overwhelming task. To prevent burnout or anxiety, create a schedule for yourself. Focus on one part of your lawn or yard every other day instead of aspiring to remove all the weeds in a single afternoon. Over time, you may find that the weeds start to grow back more slowly, so you can schedule weeding tasks less frequently.
Discard Weeds Properly
Many people choose to leave the entire weed (including the root) on the ground to wilt for a few days before moving the remains to a bin or compost pile. Though this can make the job easier, it may also make your weed problem worse. Some weeds go to seed very quickly, and they’ll grow new roots where they lie. The best thing to do is immediately discard pulled weeds with the regular lawn waste. Don’t allow them to lie on the ground and avoid putting hardy weeds in a home compost pile. Very few home compost piles get hot enough to kill resilient weeds, so it’s best to just discard.
Invest in the Right Tools
Aside from a few basic landscaping tools that every home gardener should have on hand, you should also invest in a handful of tools for weeding. Some tools are designed for cutting through weeds with ease, but others, such as an oscillating hoe, have sharp blades designed to allow you to remove many small weeds in a large area, such as a vegetable garden. A fishtail is a homeowner favorite; a V-shaped tip at the end of a long handle makes it easy to simply pry a root from the soil without having to bend over.
When weeds get out of control, not only are they unsightly, but they can also have a negative effect on your flowerbeds by stealing the water, nutrition, and sunlight from their neighbors. By following these tips, you can make the task of weeding your flowerbeds simpler and more effective.