Summer has arrived! That means everything in your yard is thriving from the ample spring rains and the abundant sunlight.
And I mean everything.
Do you have unwanted growth in your yard, like dandelions or chickweed? Have no fear, because we’re going to go over the basics of attaining a weed-free yard in the summer.
Mulch in Your Garden
When it comes to gardening, mulch offers several benefits. Not only is it an attractive ground cover, but it helps the topsoil hold moisture in the heat of summer.
Additionally, mulch doesn’t give weeds a chance to germinate. Whether it’s a seed that’s already in the ground, or one that’s looking for a spot to land, mulch prevents weed growth in both directions.
If you want to naturally “starve out” a patch of weeds, manual watering is your friend. Whether you’re addressing your lawn or your garden, the power is literally in your hand.
Simply water around the problem areas, allowing them to scorch in the sun and slowly dehydrate. Of course, this is trickier in flower beds that have weeds sprouting right next to the blooms you want to salvage. If that’s the case, manual removal may be best.
Heads and Tails
While it’s important to pull a weed up by the roots to completely get rid of that specific plant, you can “behead” them to prevent pollenation. A beheaded weed may grow back in time, but at least it didn’t get a chance to spread its seeds throughout your lawn.
If you want to pull up a weed by the roots, a narrow pointed trowell is your best tool. This allows you to dig deep with minimal harm to your landscape.
There are several fertilizers on the market that are designed to promote healthy grass while discouraging invasive species. This is accomplished by the fact that they affect weeds differently- on a molecular level- than grass.
If you choose to utilize an herbicide, you can easily find products that are safe for grass. As for flower beds, you want to be sure to specifically target the weeds in order to protect your flowers.
A Quick Summary
- Mulch is a great way to prevent weeds in your garden, as it protects your ground cover from both the top and the bottom.
- Spot watering can starve out weeds without using chemicals, while keeping the rest of your lawn healthy.
- Removing heads and tails (tops and roots) is an arduous task, but it’s a tried-and-true way of weed prevention.
- Chemicals are always available to give you a helping hand with lawn care. Just be sure you read the labels and apply them properly!
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