There is nothing more frustrating than the constant battle to eliminate weeds from flowerbeds.
Gardeners spend hours nurturing annuals and perennials to grow and bloom, only to watch unwanted weeds thrive without any care at all.
Weeds are not only unsightly, they also steal valuable nutrients from the soil. Nutrients that annuals and perennials need to flourish and flower. But by avoiding a few common mistakes, and implementing a couple of simple techniques, you can eliminate weeds and keep weeding chores to a minimum.
3 Simple Ways To Eliminate Weeds From Flowerbeds
#1 Mulch, And Mulch Thicker
The best way to eliminate weeds from flowerbeds is to keep the soil surface covered at all times. Open soil is an open invitation to weeds. Weed seeds have easy access to the soil, where they can sprout and thrive.
The easiest way to quickly and effectively cover soil is with mulch. Mulch serves a whole slew of valuable purposes in flowerbeds and gardens throughout the landscape.
Not only does it provide a barrier for weed seeds, it also helps regulate soil temperature and conserve moisture. And for many mulches, they add valuable nutrients to the soil as they break down.
Be sure to remove big-rooted weeds before mulching. Deep rooted weeds will not be snuffed out from mulch, so take a few minutes to dig them out before mulching. Product Link : Fiskars Comfort Hand Weed Puller
One of the most common mistakes made when it comes to mulching beds is failing to put down enough mulch.
An inch or two of mulch is simply not enough to keep weed seeds from finding a home in the soil below. Mulch in flowerbeds should be kept at a minimum of 3 to 4″ at all times. Anything less, and weed seeds can start to cause havoc. See : Choosing The Right Mulch For Your Landscape
#2 Stop Turning The Mulch
For many gardeners, heading out to stir up faded mulch in their flowerbeds is a great way to freshen up a bed’s appearance.
Unfortunately, although it might make the mulch look a bit less faded, it also creates weeds. And a lot of them!
Every time mulch is disturbed by raking and turning, you risk of re-planting weed seeds that have been laying dormant on the surface.
Seeds are constantly blowing into flowerbeds from all over. They can also be dropped on the surface of the mulch from birds, other wildlife, and even via foot traffic.
Giving Weed Seeds A Chance…
On top of the surface, weeds struggle to find the ability to sprout. But as soon as mulch is stirred, weed seeds can quickly find a home underneath below the surface.
In the blink of an eye. they are sprouting in full force in the garden.
Resist the urge to turn over mulch. Keep the mulch barrier in tact to keep weed seeds from finding soil. Instead, freshen up with an ultra light coat of new mulch every so often to keep weeds at bay. This also helps keep the mulch thick enough to repel weed seeds.
#3 Fill The Flowerbed!
Speaking of mulch, the absolute best mulch of all is living mulch! Instead of having wide open spaces that are begging for weeds to find a home, fill your flowerbeds full!
Thick plantings of annuals and perennials are the best defense against crowding out and preventing weeds.
And the benefits don’t stop there. Dense plantings help to conserve moisture in the soil, meaning less watering time for you. Maybe best of all, the less you need to mulch, the less mulch you have to purchase!
As late summer and fall approach. divide and split overgrown perennials to fill in open spaces. It not only adds to the beauty of your beds, it will cut your weeding chores to a minimum. See : Dividing Perennials
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