How To Control Weeds – 7 Simple Tips That Really Work

Introduction

Weeds are uninvited guests in our gardens. For many home gardeners, weeds are one of their biggest concerns since they are long – lived and resilient. Moreover, they typically have an excessive seed production and can spread at a very high rate.

There is an unbelievable fact that a garden needs weed. It sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it? Nature gives weeds as a healing remedy to wounded and unplanted sites. However, weeds and gardeners don’t have the same ideas about what will bring a good recovery.

If you’re finding strategies on how to control weeds, this step-by-step guide is exactly what you need.

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What is a Weed?

A plant is called a "weed" if it has one or more than these below characteristics:

  • Having little or no value (e.g. can be used for medicinal, material or nutritional)
  • Growing rapidly and eager for germinating
  • Scrambling with crops or plants for the sunshine, space and nutrients.

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However, the notion of a weed is totally context-dependent. For example, a plant seems to like a weed to this person, but it becomes a desirable plant to another person. In other words, it may be considered to be worth, whereas, in another place, the same plant will be a weed.

How to Control Weedswith 7 Simple Tips

Armed with a deeper understanding of weeds along with some strategies outlined below, you will win every skirmish in the future, bringing you more time to make the most of your well-groomed garden.

#Tip 1: Constraining to Disturb the Soil

Although every inch in your garden comprises many weed seeds, only those which are lying at the top inches get enough light to germinate. Heavy digging along with cultivation brings sleeping weed seeds to the ground, and then they grow up strongly.

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Therefore, disturb the soil only when you need, in order not to raise weed unintentionally. Remember to immediately salve those disturbed areas with either plants or mulch. In lawns, end their feed source by cutting their roots. Please raise your awareness that those weed seeds can lie dormant in the soil for ages.

#Tip 2: Smothering the Weeds with Mulch

Not only does mulch benefit plants, but it also deprives the weeds of light. Using mulch to smother weeds will hinder their proliferation as well as prevent them from developing altogether.

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Under any circumstance, don’t give weeds any chance to contact the light. You can cover the soil’s surface with a lightproof sheet, such as newspaper or cardboard, to send weeds away then spread mulch over it. Two inches is the ideal thickness;three inches or over can make your vegetation breathless.

#Tip 3: Watering the Plants, Not the Weeds

Let those weeds put up with drought by depriving them of water. You can irrigate your plants with a tap but remember to leave weeds thirsty. By this way, in most climates, weed seeds germination can be reduced up to 50 to 70 percent. However, some stubborn weeds’ roots, like bindweed or sedge,are very deep and strong, especially in moisture areas. They can make use of the dripping irrigation in a flash.

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Beyond this strategy, enriching the soil with organic matter each chance you get can help your garden become weed-free. Soil scientists don’t know exactly how it works, but fewer weed seeds work in soils that are infused good compost and organic matter. One theory makes simple sense: When the soil is healthy enough and well fed, weed seeds realize that they are out of work. As a result, they appear limitedly.

#Tip 4: Chopping Off Their Heads

If you don’t have enough time to remove weeds, lopping off their heads with a sharp knife will be the best choice. Deadheading annual weeds helps you free in few weeks before coping with a new weed ‘’seed rain’’. Cutting the head of perennial weeds decreases reseeding and prevents them from absorbing nutrients reserves.

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You can have some pruning loppers or a string trimmer taken down the towers of the weeds. No matter how you do, chopping down weeds will be useful before those weed seeds spread widely.

#Tip 5: Scattering Salt on Weed Prone Sidewalks

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Weeds grow in a sidewalk?Don’t worry! Let use salt to detain the future weed growth. Be careful that salt may kill other plants in the area, so remember to only sprinkle weed prone spots with salt.

Amine salt is a great choice for killing weeds. You can combine it with water in some spray bottles for easier usage.

Borax is another option. It’s a caustic solution to kill weeds in a small crack. Remember to equip yourself with gloves at the time you handle it.

#Tip 6: Picking Up Visible Weeds

The simplest method to rid your garden of unwanted weeds is pulling those intruders with your hands.

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When they grow, identify and pull them as fast as possible. You can also use a knife to sever their roots.

• Please keep in mind that weeds are easier to pull when the soil is moisture.

• A single dandelion may product 15,000 seeds each year, which can lead to extraweeds’ growths in your garden. Pick up or sever the weeds when they bud before they bear more seeds.

#Tip 7: Early Spring Cleaning

To remain your garden healthy and weed-free, let clean it preferably around the 1st of March. Most lawns will demand a little clear after the winter. Taking time to clean up any leaves or branches that are still lying somewhere in your garden. This will allow the vegetation to breathe.

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Re-seeding and watering will ruin turf if you don’t apply any pre-emergent weed control. You will kill not only weeds but also non-germinated seeds or new turf which you have just seeded.

Final Thought

We really expect that our article will be helpful for you and your gardening career. Maybe you will need a little patience, try your best to cope with them.

What do you think about our post of how to control weeds? Please give your mind with us by commenting in the section below. If you enjoy the guide, please share it with your friends. By the way, if you have trouble with Ivy-another enemy in your garden, you suggest some tips for you to conquer it. Good luck!

Thank you for your reading. Have a nice day!

James G. Craig
 

James G. Craig is a gardening enthusiast who splits his spare time between growing vegetables, preening his flower gardens, and blogging about his experiences at the Gardener Corner.

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