Weeds are a common issue for many gardeners. As they start to grow, they will choke off water and nutrients from your plants and flowers. In some cases, you can simply pull them from the ground, and you will not see them sprouting to the surface. However, some weeds refuse to go away, and you might have to break out some chemicals to deal with them. With these commercial lawn care tips, you can rid your gardens of these pesky intruders.
Don’t Dig Too Much
In your garden space, there are probably hidden weeds seeds. When you start to dig, it can bring those weed seeds to the surface, and they will begin to germinate. If you need to dig, you should think about minimizing any soil disturbance. You can always use a sharp knife to remove the roots of the weeds. Before you start digging, remember that weed seeds are known to stay dormant for a significant amount of time.
Mulching Is Important
Light and air will make those weeds start to germinate in your lawn. You can prevent them from growing by reducing the sunlight. Mulch is the perfect way to stop sunlight from reaching the weed seeds. Wood chips, straw, and bark nuggets will smother out those pesky weeds.
Along with stopping weed growth, mulch helps to keep in the moisture and cool down the soil. Mulch is also known to host beetles and crickets that love to eat the seeds of weeds. You want to keep about 2 inches of mulch on the surface of your garden. If you want to reduce the weeds even further, think about adding a light-blocking bottom sheet. These fabric layers can be effective at stopping weed seeds from germinating on the surface.
Make a Weeding Schedule
If you are new to gardening, you will spend plenty of hours weeding your space. You need to commit to a weeding schedule, but don’t try to manage more than you can handle. With this schedule, you can add a herbicide to certain areas or just pull the weeds by hand. The key to success is to be consistent with your weeding plan. When you do that, you can reduce or eliminate the number of weeds in your garden.
Moist Soil Is Best for Weeding
When you need to weed your garden, it is easier to work with moist soil. There is an old saying, “Pull when wet; hoe when dry.” After a drenching rain, you should grab your gloves and start to pull up those weeds. If there are dry conditions, you can slice the weeds from the soil line. In those mulched beds, you should think about removing those weeds from the roots.
Heat Can Compost Weeds
If you have applied chemicals to the surface, you will notice those weeds shriveling up in the sun. After you have removed them, you want to place these weeds in areas where the seeds will not germinate. Heat is an excellent way to compost weeds. You can use black plastic nursery liners in your garden beds and place any removed weeds in a clear plastic bag. With that, place these bags in the sun for two to three days. After a couple of days, place these weeds in a compost pile with earthworms. The humic acids and other compounds can be used in different spots of your garden.
Lop Off Those Weed Heads
You can take your anger out on those weeds’ flower heads. However, there are other benefits to lopping off the blooms. Deadheading can buy you some time before the seeds emerge from the plant. When you cut the top of perennial weeds, it will make them exhaust their energy supplies and use up any of these food reserves. In some cases, you might need pruning shears to take down poke or ragweed. String trimmers work great to remove brambles and prickly thistles. When you chop down those weeds, it can prevent them from going to seed.
Leave No Gaps
When you have tightly gathered plants, it can prevent weeds from growing in your garden. Tight spaces will choke out those emerging weeds, and it will shade the soil around the plants. You always want to follow your plants’ spacing recommendations. When the plants reach a mature size, they should be close but not touching each other.
If you want the best advice for designing a weed-free space, make sure to consult with a company that specializes in commercial lawn care services. They can help you develop an area that will stop those weeds from germinating in your garden.
Water Your Plants, Not the Weeds
Weeds thrive on water, but so do your plants and flowers. You can provide water for your plants with the help of drip irrigation. This method is a quick and easy way to give your plants a nutritious drink of water. With a soaker hose, you can irrigate plants without providing any water to the weeds. In some cases, drip irrigation can reduce weeds by 50 to 70 percent. However, keep an eye out for bindweed and nutsedge that thrive in those moist areas. They can actually survive in those areas with drip irrigation.
With these strategies, you can enrich your soil’s organic matter and keep your garden on a weed-free path. In some cases, good compost can also help to combat the infestation of weeds. You need to remember that well-fed and healthy soil will keep away those weeds. These few tips can help reduce weed seeds, and you will be less likely to see them competing with your plants for water and nutrients.
Charlestown Landscaping Can Help With Weed Control
At Charlestown Landscaping LLC, we can assist you with all those weed control chores. From aerating to mulching, our teams have the experience to tackle those pesky weeds. As a result, you can enjoy a weed-free garden throughout the year. It is easy to schedule professional commercial lawn care for your property. Make sure to call (610) 608-3965 to discuss the services needed to upkeep your green spaces.