With warmer temperatures and dozens of beautifully colored plants blooming across the landscape, it’s apparent that spring time is now officially here. Many people are using this as a time to get outdoors and to do some landscaping or simply work in their garden. Unfortunately, however, spring time may also bring along the growth of pesky weeds that can easily consume a garden if they aren’t dealt with. If you can’t seem to get weeds under control, keep reading for some simple and effective ways to remove them from your garden.
Ideally, the best method for removing garden weeds is to uproot them. Depending on what type of weed it is, this may or may not be a viable option. Certain weeds such as knapweed and chickweed have shallow roots that can be easily pulled out. Simply dig down around the weed as you gently pull upwards until the entire weed and root system come up. It’s essential that you remove the entire root system to prevent the weed from coming back; otherwise, you’ll find yourself back in the same position a week or so down the road.
If the roots are too deep, try waiting until the day after a good rain before attempting to uproot the weed. The additional moisture on the soil will soften up the ground, allowing you to dig deeper and pull up the weed more easily. The only downside is that you are probably going to get dirty digging around in moist soil right after a storm.
Instead of using some harsh herbicide chemical in your garden, try spraying pure, 100% white vinegar on the weeds. The all-natural solution is highly acidic and will literally eat through the weeds, causing it to die off in 24-48 hours. Just fill up a plastic spray bottle with vinegar and go around spot treating any weeds you see poking through in your garden. Try to avoid spraying your healthy plants or the soil around them, as it will drastically lower their pH levels. Go back a day or two later to survey the results of your treatment.
Some people may still prefer the use of chemical weed treatment sprays. The problem with using them, however, is that you are poisoning the soil. Small amounts of weed treatment sprays probably won’t cause any serious damage, but prolonged use can make the soil inhabitable for any plants, and that’s something most gardeners don’t want to risk. Try using the vinegar spray at least to see how well it performs in your garden. Chances are you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the outcome.
Cover Open and Exposed Areas
Once you’ve taken care of the weed problem in your garden, it’s important to cover up any open and exposed areas with mulch. Like most plants, weeds need an opening on the surface to spring up and thrive. By eliminating these exposed areas, you are essentially taking their ability to grow away; thus, leaving you with a healthy, weed-free garden.