Weeds can be the bane of any gardener’s existence, but what are they really? “Weeds” as we know them are simply plants that gardeners want to keep out of their well-manicured landscapes. While these plants may not be harmful, weeds provide stiff competition for nutrients and can outcompete things like grass, ornamentals, and other plants gardeners wish to cultivate. There are plenty of ways to tackle pesky weeds without using harsh herbicides, and having the right landscape materials on hand can help.
Landscape Materials to Keep in Your Weed-Fighting Arsenal
One of the best approaches when managing weeds is to make your garden inhospitable to them in the first place. Weeds often crop up in flower beds and around trees and shrubs. A thick layer of wood mulch can starve weeds of the air and light they need to thrive. Landscape fabric or a carpet of newspaper could be your golden ticket to nipping your weed woes in the bud. By acting as a physical barrier between the soil and the sun, landscape fabric prevents weed seeds from seeing the light of day. If you are considering creating a gravel driveway or natural stone walkway, laying down a layer of landscape fabric between the stone and your properly graded surface can help cut down on breakthrough weed growth.
Know Your Enemy: Strategies for Weed Control
If you’re having trouble tackling a particular type of weed in your garden, it can help to learn more about it. Weeds that grow from tubers or deep taproots, for instance, can be incredibly difficult to eliminate unless you remove every part of the root system. Dandelions are one example, and their deep taproots and ability to bounce back each spring make them challenging to control. Some gardeners swear by things like salt, vinegar, soap, or boiling water, but using a trowel to loosen and remove taproots at the right time of year (early spring and early fall, for dandelions) can be just as effective. Weeding by hand might take longer than a liberal application of broadleaf herbicides, but it can also minimize collateral damage to the rest of your garden.
Set Your Garden up for Success from Day One with Landscape Materials from Lehnhoff’s Supply
Of course, the best way to keep your garden weed-free is to keep these pesky plants from gaining a foothold in the first place. 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 is sure to keep weed growth to a minimum.
Questions? Lehnhoff’s Supply is Here to Help
If you still have more questions about how to best prepare your landscape or garden for summer and fall, the trained professionals at Lehnhoff’s Supply are here to help you.
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