That being said, a beautiful garden doesn’t come easy. Weeds are bound to grow. In order for your garden to look and perform its best, weeding in the early spring is a must! Weeds will take over your garden and deplete moisture and nutrients from your plants.
Here are some tips to keep those weeds out of your garden:
- Identify the weeds. Learning about its habits will give you the upper hand.
- Weed regularly! Once you see them appear, get rid of them as soon as possible and don’t let them go to seed. Smaller weeds are easier to pull out.
- If you don’t have time to remove the weed in its entirety, remove the flower heads so that they will not go to seed.
- Cover bare soil with mulch. Mulching is one of the best and easiest ways to prevent weeds. Materials, such as straw, shredded leaves, grass clippings and wood chips, to prevent weeds from growing. Mulching also helps keeps the moisture in the soil.
- Do not discard weeds into the compost pile.
- Pulling out weeds is easier and more effective when the soil is wet. Either wait for a rainfall or water the soil first. You will be able to get the whole root system.
- Solarization is an effective way to get rid of weeds in large areas. In the late spring or early summer, moisten the soil and cover with a plastic sheet, weighing down the corners. Leave the plastic sheet on for 6 weeks or so. The sun will cook and destroy the weeds.
- Grow strawberries! These perennial fruits can are vigorous growers and can overtake many weeds!