Home gardens and landscaping create a nice and serene atmosphere. That’s why if you have a green environment, take care of it so that it does not wither and die. Weeds are the enemy when it comes to plant care. Weeds suppress the growth of your flowers, fruit plants, and rob them of their health. Practice early weed control before they take over your plants. Below are some tips to help you.
- Till your garden often
Tilling the garden is good for managing weeds. Loosen the top soil while turning it so that only the weeds are uprooted. However, be careful when doing it so that you do not rotate weed seeds. You should bury weed seeds deep enough to suffocate them and give your plants a chance to survive.
- Suppress weeds with a thick lawn cover
Keeping your lawn thick and healthy removes chances for weeds to invade. Use thick ground cover plants to crowd out the weeds, especially in flower beds. Direct all the resources to the plants. Eliminate any open space that they may come to take advantage of by filling it with useful plants.
- Use high quality seeds
Weak seeds produce weak plants that are easily taken over by weeds. Use high quality seeds when planting, even when it comes to planting grass. When shopping for seeds, ask the vendor to give you the ones with the highest purity and germination rates. Buy disease- and weed-resistant hybrid plants that will assist you in fighting weeds on their own.
- Keep the soil healthy
The healthy aerated soil is good for boosting plant growth while suppressing weeds. A good drainage system is also vital to your plants’ growth. Some weeds thrive when the soil has specific minerals while others can be suppressed using specific nutrients. To keep your plants safe, talk to a specialist on how to create an optimal soil fertility plan. Take precaution when applying fertilizer to ensure that it goes to your plants.
- Burn the weeds
If you are a small-scale farmer, you can torch the weeds with a landscape flamer that uses a propane tank. However, this method should be used with care to avoid torching the plants together with the weeds. It is good for removing weeds right before you plant so that you can do blanket torching.
- Use mulching in gardens
Mulching is the laying of dry leaves between plants to create a semi permeable plant bed and is very important when it comes to healthy plant growth. It blocks light from the weeds and subdues their growth.
Not only does mulching help in weed eradication, it also helps with water retention. It decomposes over time and nourishes the soil. Choose your mulch material properly so that you do not introduce weed seeds from infested mulch in the garden.
- Remove weeds
You can hoe the top soil and remove weeds manually. This is called weeding and it can be useful, especially with delicate plants and seedlings. Weed with care to avoid uprooting weeds together with plants.
- Use biological solution
Some biological solutions include introducing beneficial insects to kill weeds and other pests. Consult a specialist to advise you on what method of bio control would be best for your garden, lawn or landscape. However, bio control is a long term project that may take a while to show results but bring about good results.