7 Effective weeding tips for a weed free garden

1. Weed when it’s wet. Weed after the rain or water your garden before doing it. This makes the soil moist and you’ll be able to pull roots of these pesky plants easily.

2. Never let the weed mature, as it will fix its roots and spill its seeds. Pull up the plant with the root ball but if you don’t find time for this, chop the plants and pluck the flowers.

3. An easy, labour free weeding trick is to cover the weeds with plastic, a rug or mat for two to four weeks (much better if black in colour). This will do two things: either the plants will die of darkness (no sun) or from heat.

4. Instead of weeding for a whole day and suffering from back pain for the next week, weed your garden every other day for five to ten minutes. Roaming through walkways and pulling weeds when you see them is a good idea.

5. It is always hard to pluck out the weeds growing in the cracks in pavements and walkways. To kill, pour boiling water over them.

6. As seeds of weeds remain dormant under the garden soil, be careful when you dig up a spot. Don’t overturn your soil too much unless you need to.

7. If you’re unable to kill tough weeds, a simple solution is to give them a dose of vinegar; it works well as a weed killer. Read how to get rid of weeds, using vinegar.

Weed Control Tips

1. While planting a garden bed take care that you’ll not leave too much space between plants. Tight garden beds restrict weeds.

2. Mulch as much as you can. Mulching retains moisture and don’t let weeds thrive in your garden. Newspapers, scrapped leaves and compost can be used. For better mulching, spread newspaper over the ground and cover it up with a 2 inch layer of compost and leaves.

3. Don’t throw weeds in a compost pile, unless you can provide temperatures over 50 degrees C, which is required to kill weed seeds.


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