We all have to pull weeds out from our beds from time to time, but no one enjoys doing it. And while stopping weeds altogether is impossible, there are some simple things you can do to limit how often they appear, and to deal with those that do emerge.
Ultimately, your aim should be to limit the amount of time you spend dealing with weeds, in order to make more time for enjoying your lawn!
The approaches you can take to prevent weeds will depend on the situation.
What To Do When You Are Laying New Beds
When you are laying new beds, you should take the opportunity to protect them against weeds. The easiest way to do this is to lay down landscape fabric across any new beds you make. This fabric is available from almost any garden store, and can be cut to size easily.
Landscape fabric sits directly on top of the soil, and so is hidden underneath your mulch layer. Depending on the thickness of the fabric, and your local weather conditions, it will last up to 5 years.
What To Do If You Have Weeds in Existing Beds
If your beds are already full of weeds, you have a more difficult problem to solve!
You can prevent the germination of weeds by using a pre-emergent product. These generally come in granular form, and once spread on the soil (and well watered in) provide a barrier which should stop new weeds from germinating.
Your Mulch Matters
By far the easiest and most ecologically friendly way to keep weeds out of your beds is by mulching. Most people prefer to use a double or triple shredded hardwood mulch that has been dyed. Spreading a layer that is two to three inches thick should stop any weeds from appearing, and also has the added benefit of keeping moisture in the soil.
Just be careful not to use too much mulch: a layer more than three inches thick can smother your ornamentals.
Sometimes, even in well-mulched beds, the hardiest weeds can start growing in the mulch. This generally happens for one of two reasons: either the mulch you are using is of poor quality, or it is too old. Mulch only lasts a year or so, and if yours has started to change color it is probably time to replace it.
No matter what mixture of techniques you use, weeds will always appear from time to time. If you start to see weeds appearing in beds that were previously pretty clear, it might be that your pre-emergent application, your fabric covering, or your mulch has broken down.
Sadly, though, the most resilient weeds will always get through, and so in the end we all have to accept what generations of gardeners have before us: that the occasional afternoon spent pulling out weeds is simply the cost of a beautiful lawn!
Weed Trouble Got You Down?
If your weeds are growing out of control or you just don’t want to worry about them yourself, let the team at Authentic Green Lawn Care Services take care of the problem for you. We love a luscious lawn just as much as we hate weeds, so contact us today to make a plan to reclaim your outdoor space again.