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How to keep weeds from growing in garden

With the walking rows permanently covered with a heavier mulch, the only area of concern for winter are the growing rows. And a cover crop is the perfect solution.

The less you disturb your soil, the better. That includes when planting transplants in the garden as well. We use a post hole digger to create a clean, 8 to 10″ planting hole that is about 6″ in diameter for our transplants.

By simply eliminating those weed promoting practices, and employing a few additional time and labor saving methods, your weeding problems can and will be a thing of the past.

Unfortunately, big shovels and big holes disturb more surface area, and replant more seeds. The same goes for seed planting. We use a pick to create long, narrow channels to plant the seeds.

#4 Put Away That Hoe and Rake – How To Eliminate Weeds

When you till your garden, all of the weed seeds that have been laying dormant on top become “planted” into the soil below. Thousands and thousand of seeds at a time.

Keeping the soil covered at all times is the key to less weeds, less work, and better soil. Straw, grass clippings and shredded leaves are all excellent garden mulches.

Instead of tilling and leaving all of that soil bare, it’s far better to cover it with mulch. Mulching your garden with grass clippings, straw or shredded leaves not only helps to stop weeds, but adds vital nutrients to your soil in the process.

#3 Mulch, Mulch and More Mulch! – How To Eliminate Weeds

After a season or two of cover crops, you will be amazed how few weeds actually even appear in your garden.

Here’s two more long-time garden chores that can be eliminated from your to-do list : hoeing and raking.

But weeding? I don’t love that.

An early start, the use of mulch, planting densely, water management and skipping the landscape fabric should cut down on how much weeding gardeners have to do.

5. Forget landscape fabric. Don’t use this stuff in the garden. The label reads, “weed barrier” as if laying it down will miraculously stop all weeds from pushing through. Truth is, organic material gathers on the top of the fabric over time, whether you place mulch over it or not, and weeds germinate in that organic material regardless. They put down roots through the landscape fabric and now you have a mess on your hands. Try pulling twitch grass out of this stuff! But, landscape fabric is good for laying under patio stones or interlocking bricks.

3. Mulch. Ahhh . . . the miracle of mulch. I love finely ground cedar and pine bark mulch for weed prevention. When it is spread about 6 to 8 centimetres thick, it insulates the surface of the soil from the heating rays of the sun. It provides a barrier to weed seeds in the soil, preventing the majority of them from germinating in the first place. A thick layer of natural mulch will prevent more than 90 per cent of weeds from growing. Many perennial weeds, such as twitch grass and Canada thistle, will push through a layer of mulch but it is much easier to pull them out of the loose mulch than it is from the garden soil. Pull the weed, shake the mulch off the roots and get rid of it.

How to keep weeds from growing in garden

2 Add mulch to gardens. Mulch is your friend. Mulch is healthy for the soil, looks pretty and keeps weeds in check by depriving them of light. A 2-3 inch layer is usually enough, especially if you’re battling slugs and snails that use deep mulch as a hiding place. Use small, organic mulch, which blocks light more effectively than big chunks. If you’re really serious, cover the ground with newspaper or landscape fabric first, especially under trees, shrubs, or other undisturbed places.

4 Don’t let weeds go to seed. If you want to give weeds the heave-ho, keep a close watch and never let them flower or set seed. This won’t eliminate every single weed in your garden, because weeds have several ways of reproducing. However, preventing development of seeds can minimise spread considerably. Chop off their heads with a mower or weed trimmer if you have a large patch, but set your mower as low as possible. Otherwise, you might be controlling tall weeds while allowing lower-growing weeds to flower and spread. This technique is most effective when used with other weed-control techniques – especially hand-pulling.

Prevent weeds from taking over in your garden with these simple steps on how to control garden weeds.

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3 Weed beds after a good rain. Pull weeds by hand when it’s easy. Take advantage of the weather and pull weeds when the soil is damp after a rain. Pulling up weeds is probably the most important step you can take to keep weeds under control, but don’t waste a lot of muscle power attempting to pull weeds when the soil is hard and dry. Not only is this really hard on the back, but you’ll probably snap off and leave behind pieces of roots that will generate more plants, so your hard work is accomplishing little.