Garden weeds can prove to be a menace if left unchecked. These weeds not only affect the beauty of the garden but also compete with the other plants for nutrients and water. This may cause retarded growth or even death of the plants. There are several convenient ways of ridding your garden of these pesky weeds.
You will require following items in order to get started.
• Black Plastic
• Weed Removing Tools- hoes, knife, weed cutter, weed whacker.
• The first step against the weeds in the garden is to spot them and pull them out. This can be done using different types of weed removing tools but hoes are mostly recommended.
• It may not be possible to yank every single weed growing in your garden so an alternate is to use herbicide spray. Roundup can be used for this purpose due to its ready availability.
• Mow your garden grass to ensure that all weeds growing in the grass have been removed.
• Now spread Preen all over the garden. Different types of Preen are available for different types of plantations. Its main function is to kill any stay weeds.
• After spreading Preen, establish a 3 inches thick layer of mulch throughout the garden covering the base of all plants. Several different materials can be used as mulch. These include bark chips, grass clippings, hulls and shells, pine needles, and straw. All of them are potential weed suppressers and do not cause any damage to the garden plants. Mulch is available at any hardware store.
• The next step may be carried out using two different methods. The mulch is either covered by black plastic or wet newspapers. Both of these materials are known to suppress the growth of weeds but wet newspapers have found to be more effective in this regard. They act as barriers to choke the weeds in the soil thereby stopping their emergence.
• Exposure of garden plants to herbicide must be avoided while spraying on the weeds as it may have a lethal effect on these plants.
• Make sure that the weeds are completely uprooted while removing them as it decreases the chances of weed reseeding.
• Tilling of soil should be avoided after spreading mulch in the garden; however if it is necessary then only shallow tilling should be done to ensure minimum disruption of soil.
• Pre-emergent herbicides may also be effective in weed control for longer times.
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