The garden around your home is often the first thing people notice when they visit, so, somewhat understandably, most homeowners go to great lengths to keep their outside space as neat and well-kept as possible.
However, no matter how much care and attention you give your garden, weeds and other unsightly plants can reappear, causing a constant headache. Indeed, more invasive species might even cause structural damage and could spread to your neighbors’ outside space.
If you find you’re forever facing problems with out-of-control weeds or unwanted plants, below are some tips to help keep them at bay and enjoy a weed-free garden for longer.
Remove weeds as soon as you find them
Ignoring weeds will only help them grow quicker and establish deeper roots, making them harder to remove in the long run. If you spot issues with weeds, you should pull them as soon as possible to halt their growth and prevent them from spreading.
Common weeds shouldn’t present any problems; however, some species will require expert help for their complete removal. For example, for successful, permanent Horsetail weed removal, you will need to bring in a specialist like PBA Consulting Solutions.
Use a mulch layer to prevent weed growth
Adding a top layer of mulch around your plants will help prevent weed seed germination in the soil by blocking light. Several types work well, ranging from bark mulch to straw or shredded leaves.
Avoid leaving soil bare
Leaving soil bare is effectively like leaving the door wide open for weeds to step in and start germinating. You should always try to avoid leaving bare patches of soil and instead cover them with mulch or, better yet, grow more plants. Also, for slower-growing plants, try planting crops that are quick to grow in between to avoid leaving patches of soil bare for extended periods.
Interplanting different species between your slower plants will help reduce the chances of weeds. As the quicker plants mature, they can be pulled to give more room for the slower plants to fully develop.
Before planting, thoroughly inspect the soil for existing weeds
Buying pre-grown (or semi pre-grown) plants can be a great way to accelerate the growth process and take some of the work out of plant care. However, it’s essential you thoroughly check any plants before putting them in your garden. It’s not uncommon for the soil surrounding pre-grown plants to contain weed seeds or roots – meaning, if you add them to your garden, you’ll also be adding their unwanted weeds.
Before planting any externally bought soil, be sure to check for any potential existing problems.
Try using raised beds that are accessible from both sides
Often when you’re gardening, it’s common to step on the soil to get to harder-to-reach plants. This act of putting pressure on the soil serves to compact it, at the same time minimizing the air pockets and reducing the soil’s capacity to allow moisture to move through easily. These are perfect conditions for weeds to grow in, so rather than stepping on your soil, consider using raised beds that will aid with easier access.