Weeds. Nothing can kill the beauty of your landscape faster than these menaces.
However, there are things you can do to ensure that your garden is free of weeds and that your lawn and garden is healthy all year. Keep reading to learn several methods for preventing and getting rid of weeds in flower beds, gardens, and grass.
Weed Prevention in Flower Beds
Prevention is one of the best ways to battle weeds. If you can prevent weeds from growing, or deter the bulk of them, you can save yourself some back-breaking work later.
There are organic weed control methods, but here is one you can implement at the start of the season.
If your flower beds are full of weeds, till the soil and pull up as many of the weeds as possible. Then, take old cardboard or newspaper and cover the ground around your plants. Next, cover that paper with soil and mulch.
The weeds will suffocate beneath the paper and your new flowers can thrive. Meanwhile, the paper barrier will compost and provide food for worms and your plants, too.
Maintain Healthy Flowers and Plants
Weeds are hearty, competitive plants. If your prized flowers are compromised even slightly, weeds can overwhelm them.
To ensure a long healthy life for your garden, make sure you water regularly and adequately. In the summer, water early in the morning. If you are busy and often don’t have time for watering, investing in a timed watering system can be invaluable.
By keeping your plants and flowers healthy and thriving, you can deny weeds the opportunity of overtaking a weak plant.
If things get out of control, your local landscaper knows how to get rid of weeds.
Use Vinegar to Kill Weeds
Why use expensive, potentially toxic chemicals for weed control when you can create an effective weed killer using a few simple items in your pantry?
While many plants in your food garden will meet up with vinegar when they land in your salad bowl, the household liquid can protect your garden from weeds.
3 Steps on How to Use Vinegar for Weed Control
- Mix one gallon of white vinegar with one cup of salt and a tablespoon of liquid soap.
- Dissolve the salt in the liquid and make sure the soap is well-mixed into the solution.
- Spray the mix onto your weeds, but avoid other plants.
This solution will kill any plant it touches, so be careful.
You can save yourself money by using this non-toxic vinegar mixture to tackle pesky weeds.
Consistent Mowing Keeps Grass Healthy
Mowing your lawn regularly can help prevent unwanted weeds.
You can even set your mower at a higher setting to achieve the optimal height of grass that will retain water and remain strong to fight against weeds.
When your grass is strong and healthy it is better able to repel weeds. The best weed control is often a healthy, thriving lawn and garden.
Re-seed Your Grass in the Fall
If you have bare spots in your yard, you’ll want to re-seed them so that healthy grass can grow back in its place (rather than weeds). The best time to re-seed your lawn is in the late-summer to early-fall.
In the meantime, assess whether the bare spots are a result of a fungal infection. Brown spots are often indicative of a fungus, and if the problem persists you’ll want to work with an experienced landscaper to address the problem.
Proper fertilization and lawn care techniques will keep your grass healthy and weed-free.
Manual Weed Control
There’s no substitute for pulling out weeds by hand, or with the use of a handy garden tool. Even with certain weed prevention methods, you may find that this is a necessary task.
Regularly monitoring and pulling out weeds by hand will give your garden and lawn a finished look.
Make sure you pull out the weed by the root to deter it from growing back quickly. Your local garden store will have the trowels, hoes, and other weed-pulling devices you need.
After pulling a weed, you might want to spray the remaining hole with vinegar, or cover the ground with cardboard or newspaper to stifle any possible revivals.
Aeration & Compost Tea
Aeration will help your soil remain fresh and healthy, and keep weeds under control.
When you aerate, you might want to add a layer of compost to your lawn, or compost tea. You can make compost tea by steeping a shovel-full of compost in a bucket of water.
Make sure to aerate the tea during the brewing process – a fish tank bubbler that supports three “stones” is optimal for creating aerobic tea.
Your local landscaper is trained to help with lawn care tasks such as aeration and consistent lawn care service will help keep your residential or commercial lawn looking great.
Crowley Landscape Management Weed Control Services
Fighting weeds can be an overwhelming and time-consuming task.
At Crowley Landscape Management, our lawn care professionals are experienced with getting rid of even the toughest weeds using a variety of organic weed control techniques, as well as providing ongoing maintenance services to keep weeds from coming back.
If you’re sick of fighting weeds in your garden and yard, we can help you win the battle. Contact us today!