As experienced gardeners know, fighting weeds is a never-ending battle. They seem to pop up no matter what you do. But there are proven strategies for preventing them, and mulch is one of the best tools available. Working with a professional for your landscaping needs, including mulch application, is the best way to make sure your weed control program works.
If weeds start popping up in mulch, we want to tackle them before they can seed and spread. If you’re pulling weeds by hand, make sure you get the whole weed, including the root. Applying a pre-emergent herbicide is also an option. One approach is a commercial weed-killer like Roundup, which contains the chemical glyphosate. Some gardeners prefer a more natural approach, using a mixture of vinegar, salt, and dish soap to kill weeds as they grow.
Here are a few strategies for preventing weeds from popping up in your mulch:
For flower beds and landscaping, we like a chipped or shredded bark mulch with a relatively coarse texture. It decomposes relatively slowly and doesn’t blow away so it can do its job and keep sunlight from reaching the soil. Inorganic mulch (like stones or gravel) does an excellent job of preventing weed growth. However, it doesn’t offer the soil-improving benefits of organic mulch.
How Can I Kill Weeds in Mulch?
We often find weed seeds in old or contaminated mulch. Seeds can also get distributed by birds or wind into new beds.
Applying mulch every spring makes sense on several levels. It helps enrich the soil and helps retain moisture during the dry summer months. But the main reason most of us mulch is weed control. We faithfully lay down a couple of inches of mulch and cross our fingers that we’ve won the battle. But most of us aren’t so lucky: weeds almost always find a way to pop up, even in the most beautifully mulched landscaping. Why are weeds so hard to tame, and what can you do to stop them? Here are a few tips:
We all know how tenacious weeds can be. They thrive on the very same things your garden does: sunlight, water, and nutrients in the soil. Weeds take pretty much any opportunity to grow and aren’t picky about where they take root. As plant-based mulch decomposes, it provides an attractive, nutrient-rich environment for weeds to take root.
What’s the Best Mulch to Prevent Weeds?
At Epling, our experienced team knows which type of mulch to use in different locations. We apply just the right amount for each job, both for weed control and curb appeal. We have herbicide use down to a science and know which kind to use, both before and after mulching. This spring, put the focus on spending time outdoors with family and let our pros at Epling take care of the weeds.
These microorganisms also help strengthen your plants against disease and pests. Healthy, biologically active soil has a highly diverse array of this microscopic life and can even help reduce the need for some insect and disease control products over time. A routinely used plant health care service that is focused on the biology of the soil health of the plant beds will have fewer weeds and better-performing plants.
Hand-pulling can be time consuming and fortunately, it is not your only option.
If you’re like a lot of homeowners, you might feel frustrated by the uncertainty of what to do about weeds in your landscaping.
In fact, many homeowners assume that there’s nothing more they can do to address weeds other than mulching their beds and hand-pulling any of the weeds that break through. While it’s certainly true that mulching will help suppress weeds, there are always those persistent ones that continue to emerge.
Enhancing the Health of Your Flower Beds
Of course, you might be wondering what kills weeds but not plants in your flower beds? You may be worried about harming the plants that you love. Rest assured, at Master Lawn, we are utilizing specialized products, customized to your landscape beds and their specific needs.
First, it’s important to point out that weeds can be unrelenting and will continue to keep trying to come back. Though you may be looking to answer the question of how to prevent weeds from growing, there is no solution that will get rid of weeds forever.
But don’t lose hope just yet! A regular rotation of weed control products throughout the spring, summer, and fall can keep those pesky weeds at bay. We find that a lot of homeowners are aware that there are weed control products for the lawn but they don’t realize there are products that work for plant beds, too.
How to Stop Weeds from Growing in Mulch
For instance, if you are dealing with Monkey Grass, we have a specialized control product to address that. If you have Nutsedge creeping into your plant beds from the lawn, we can mix up a specialized product to handle that. Our technicians are trained to know what products to use, where to apply them, and when to apply them—as all of these details matter. Keep in mind that because different seasons produce different weeds, it’s important that products are rotated based on season, too.
Your landscaping adds a lot of beauty to your property and you likely appreciate them for their aesthetic appeal. That is until you start seeing weeds creep in. Weeds are an eyesore that can really detract from the overall look of your landscape beds.