Weeds are every gardener’s worst nightmare. But when we say “weeds,” what does that really mean? Weeds, as we know them, are simply plants that gardeners do not want in their well-manicured landscapes. While these plants may not be harmful, weeds siphon off nutrients and can outcompete grass, ornamentals, and other plants that gardeners wish to cultivate. There are plenty of ways to tackle pesky weeds without harsh herbicides, and using the right landscape materials can help.
Learn What Weeds You’re Fighting
If you’re having trouble tackling a particular type of weed in your garden, it can help to learn more about it. For instance, weeds that grow from tubers or deep taproots are difficult to eliminate unless you remove every part of the root system. Dandelions are one example, and their deep roots and ability to bounce back each spring make them challenging to control. Weeding by hand might take longer than any type of herbicide, but it also minimizes collateral damage to the rest of your garden.
Use Mulch to Protect Your Flowerbeds
The simplest way to keep weeds out of your landscape is to apply a layer of quality mulch. Not only does mulch help retain moisture, but the barrier created will also keep weeds at bay. A thick layer of wood mulch can starve weeds of the air and light they need to thrive. Two to three inches of mulch is all you need to help prevent future weeds.
Lay Down Weed Control Fabric
Using landscape fabric is one way to prevent weeds when creating a new garden bed. Once trees, plants, and flowers are planted and bed edges are cut, lay down weed control fabric before mulching to prevent the germination of weeds. Landscape fabric or a carpet of newspaper could be your golden ticket to nipping your weed woes in the bud. Landscape fabric prevents weed seeds from seeing the light of day by acting as a physical barrier between the soil and the sun. If you are considering creating a gravel driveway or natural stone walkway, laying a layer of landscape fabric between the stone and your properly graded surface can prevent weeds from sprouting between the rocks.
Maintaining a full and healthy lawn keeps weeds from gaining traction, and a well-designed landscape with plenty of mulch, natural stone, and weed control fabric will keep weed growth to a minimum. Check out the landscape materials at Lehnhoff’s Supply for all your gardening needs.
Questions? Lehnhoff’s Supply is Here to Help
If you still have more questions about how to best prevent weeds in your landscape or garden, the trained professionals at Lehnhoff’s Supply are here to help you.
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