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weeds still growing through mulch

Weeds still growing through mulch

Don’t rush it; try to be as thorough as you can when removing the weeds. Remember that if you fail to get the weeds by the roots when you’re removing them, things won’t go as well.

This little how-to article should make your life a little bit easier if you use the information properly. You won’t have to worry so much about weeds coming up through your mulch any longer.

Ensure That You Remove Weeds Completely

It might seem as if it is a real pain to have to take your mulch up just to remove weeds. This is why it’s best to do this before you ever lay mulch down so that you don’t have to take extra steps.

Making Your Own Environmentally Friendly Weed Barrier

You’re going to have more problems with weeds if you use clear weed barriers and a better experience if you use the black ones. Even so, using a clear weed barrier would be much better than not using a weed barrier at all.

Weeds still growing through mulch

Rake the area smooth and remove any old mulch, rocks or debris that could poke a hole in your weed barrier.

Use several layers of old newspaper in place of black plastic weed barrier if you want a more environmentally friendly way to reduce weed growth through your mulch. Lay the newspaper down and cover with a 2- to 4-inch layer of organic mulch. You’ll have to replace the newspaper and mulch more often, however, because the newspaper will biodegrade over time. Fabric weed barriers are another option, though they aren’t always as effective as plastic in preventing weeds from growing.

Things You Will Need

Pull up any weeds that are already growing in the area you want to mulch. Use a trowel to help you remove the roots of the weeds, which will decrease how many try to grow back.

Warning

Apply a 2- to 4-inch layer of organic mulch over the entire surface of the black plastic weed barrier. Spread the mulch over the edges of the weed barrier so the black plastic doesn’t show.

Weeds still growing through mulch

Pro Tip: Use a dyed mulch to have your mulch bed retain its color all year long!

In Columbia, Missouri Voss Landscaping uses and suggests triple-shredded hardwood mulch to prevent weeds from growing. Higher quality mulch typically contains larger materials and chunks in it. If used liberally, about three inches deep, your high-quality mulch should prevent any future weeds from surfacing.

First, pull all the weeds you can find by hand that is directly residing in the area of your mulch. Any additional weeds that are exposed around the area should also be sprayed with a common herbicide or weed killer that contains glyphosate (most common weed killers contain this). Finally, you’ll want to apply a granular pre-emergent product to the mulch bed to prevent future weeds from growing. You can purchase a pre-emergent granular product at your local garden store

Purchase High-Quality Mulch

Mulch is great for your landscaping needs — it can help to preserve moisture, improve the fertility and health of your soil, and add some aesthetic appeal to your front or backyard. Another main reason mulch is purchased is to prevent the growth of pesky weeds from terrorizing your plants. However, why is it the case that sometimes even after mulching that weeds can still grow through?

Want to ensure your mulch bed is installed properly? Leave it up to the experts at Voss Landscaping & Tree to ensure your mulch is giving your trees and shrubs the most benefit. Our expert landscapers offer a wide array of landscaping services and will always apply the highest quality mulch!

Use Landscaping Fabric

One of the benefits of mulch is that it prevents weeds from growing in the first place. If weeds are piercing through your mulch-bed, it may be the case that you are using a cheaper or low-quality mulch. These are typically made with grass clippings, straw, or leaves as opposed to wood chips, bark nuggets, and sawdust

Another sure-fire way to prevent weeds when planting your bed is to employ the use of a landscaping fabric. Landscaping fabric is a thin textile you can purchase at most local garden stores and is designed to prevent the growth of weeds by blocking sunlight to them.