Weeds, we all know them, and we all dislike them—I mean really dislike them. They are brutal, aggressive, invasive, and if they don’t get dealt with right away, they will crowd out the more desirable plants. Weeds are quite simply survivors and will do anything to stay alive. But you can stop them from taking over your entire garden by simply staying ahead of them.
To help you out, here are some effective tips that will help you get rid of those nasty weeds for good!
MOST IMPORTANT TIP
Get Those Roots!
Don’t leave the roots behind when you yank them out. Grab the weed close to the ground and pull straight up. If you get the entire root—that’s it—weed taken care of! It’s not the end of the world if you don’t get the whole root but it will ensure that the weed doesn’t come back.
Pull When the Soil is Wet
The weeds just come up way more easily when the ground is wet. So, if there’s no rain in the forecast you can just pull the weeds after watering your garden. Be careful when walking around on wet soil though, it’s possible to compact it and that’s not ideal.
Off with Their Heads
If you can’t get the root to come out you can just chop off the tops of them. That way you are preventing them from going to seed. Get as close to the ground as possible a snip as much of the top of the plant off as possible.
Using the Tools of the Trade
Sometimes the weeds are just too much to pull one by one with your hands and it’s about choosing the right tool for the task. A cultivar (a claw) is perfect for those smaller weeds because you can use the claw to pull them up, root and all. But for a bigger task, a garden hoe is needed which allows you to quickly pull up a bunch of weeds at a time with little to no effort. Luckily enough, here at City Floral we have all types of tools that can help making weeding easier.
Mulch as you Remove Weeds
It’s always a good idea to control the growth of weeds prior to them taking over. Laying down mulch helps prevent weeds from even growing because it blocks the light and stops them from germinating. Lay down cardboard, newspaper or a weed blocking fabric then put at least 2 inches deep of mulch over it. That way you can really stop light from getting to those weed seeds!
These techniques should get you started but remember it’s always best to prevent weeds from showing up before they become a nuisance.