Maintenance Outdoor Gardening

5 Ways to Control Weeds in the Garden

Weeds are the bane of every gardener. They spring up in the most inconvenient, hard-to-reach spots. They grow voraciously. Some weeds are adorably beautiful in small quantities, but in most instances, weeds are ugly and ruin the look of any garden. Needless to say, you need to control weeds in the garden so that you are not overwhelmed by them.

So, here are our top 5 tips to control weeds in the garden:

1. Remove Weeds Regularly

Yes, we have stated the bleeding obvious in your quest to control weeds. But it’s far easier to remove small quantities of tiny weeds, then to work through a huge mess of gigantic weeds in the yard. The best time to remove weeds is when the soil is damp, usually a day after a rainy day. It’s harder to pull weeds from the ground when it is parched.

2. Mulch

A layer of mulch on the garden bed keeps to keep the soil cool. It also helps to reduce evaporation, and therefore helps the soil to maintains moisture levels. Most of all, mulch deprives weeds of light.

3. Weed Mat

Placing a weed mat or a landscape fabric over bare soil helps to prevent weeds from re-growing, mainly by blocking sunlight from getting to the weeds sprouting below. To prevent the weed mat from being blown away in strong winds, secure it to the ground with metal pegs and cover it with a layer of mulch or pebbles.

4. Weed Killer

The use of weed killers can be effective especially if they are formulated to target certain weeds. However, this is our least favourite for 2 main reasons. Firstly, you may inadvertently kill some of the more delicate plants in the garden. Secondly, overuse of chemicals may not be the best for garden health or for your health.

5. Space Plants Closer Together

Spacing plants closely together helps to crowd out weeds. However, care must be taken to ensure that they plants do not end up being too close together when fully grown, as they may also end up crowding out one another.

Now that you have gotten the weeds in your garden under control, how about looking into lawn alternatives, so that you don’t have to spend weekends moving the lawn!