Keep Your Garden Weed Free
When planting and maintaining a garden, weeds eventually attempt to take over. Trying to kill these annoying and fast growing garden pests without killing everything else often becomes tiresome and frustrating. The garden specialists at Little Black Rake want you to have a wonderful, fruitful and stress-free garden, and not have to worry about weeds anymore.
There are several ways to kill weeds and keep other plants safe, including:
- Start Early. Attack the weeds as soon as they’re up. This leaves less work for you to do in the future. Young weeds have small roots, making them easier to pull with an increased chance of pulling the entire plant.
- Mulch, Mulch, Mulch. Mulch benefits plants by keeping the soil cool and moist and deprives weeds from receiving any light. Replenishing the mulch as needed remains extremely important. Keep it about 2 inches deep. Anymore than 3 inches can be harmful because that can deprive soil of oxygen.
- Weed After It Rains. There’s an old saying, ‘pull when wet; hoe when dry.’ This means that it’s best to weed right after a good rain. Under dry conditions, weeds sliced off just below the soil line promptly shrivel up and die. When they’re wet, it makes pulling them easier.
- Off With Their Heads. When you can’t remove the weeds, the next best thing to do is cut off their heads. This buys you a little time before the weed ‘seed rain’ begins. This reduces reseeding and forces them to use up food reserves to exhaust their supply of root buds, limiting their spread.
- Be Stingy With Water. Deprive the weeds of water and only water your plants. Sometimes this gets difficult so placing drip or soaker hoses beneath mulch efficiently irrigates plants while leaving weeds thirsty.
- Apply Weed Killer. Be careful with this. Weed killers tend to be tricky because if you get them on your plants, they’ll kill them too. Take precautions when using weed killer, and make sure you only apply this to the weeds, especially on a windy day.