No matter who you are or where you live, if you’ve ever made any attempt to garden in your area, you’ve quite likely encountered an all-out war with weeds. Especially in Eastern areas, where weeds are the bane of every gardener out there. In fact, quite often, the weeds win the war. It’s easy to learn how to get weeds out of your garden; the hard part is actually accomplishing it.
In reality, there are no real secrets to winning the ongoing “weed battle.” Depending on whether or not you are an organic gardener, or have been known to resort to a few chemicals to win the game, we can offer you some tips to help you get weeds out of your garden, or at least assist you in getting ahead of the weeds.
One of the biggest mistakes that people make in gardening is not trying to control the weeds before they plant. In many cases, you can remove most of the weeds before planting. If you do so, controlling regrowth is much easier.
Here are 5 ways to help you “win the weed battle.”
1. Use a rototiller to till the weeds and manually go through the dirt, removing the root systems as you go. Often, grass doesn’t adjust well to this, as the rhizome can actually regrow even if it’s a very small piece. That means manually cultivating or removing the grasses that start to show again manually every day or so. It requires real effort and serious commitment to the task.
2. Lay newspaper or gardening paper. It actually smothers the weed or grass and kills it. If you choose to use this method, you can put about 5-8 layers of newspaper over the area you are trying to choke the weeds from and then add mulch on top. In this instance, you can actually plant through your paper and prevent most of the weeds from growing. The weeds that actually pop through will require manual labor to remove.
3. Use vinegar or very hot water, if you are treating weeds before the planting of your tender plants. It does change the pH of the soil if you are using vinegar. Also, if you have any plants already in place in your garden, the vinegar may seep into the soil and damage them.
4. Use hot water to shrivel the weeds with caution and don’t let the boiling water touch the tender plants that you’re trying to grow if you use it after planting.
5. Chemical methods can make the battle much easier, but use this very carefully. One mistake that gardeners often make is to get a chemical controller that is designed specifically not to harm any kind of grass. In many cases, the “weeds” in your garden are types of grass or hybrids. The chemical will kill your plants but not the grasses, so make sure that you get the right kind of chemical in order to kill the weeds in your garden.
If you employ these tips, we’re confident that this will help you gain control over the weed battle again!