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5 Tips on Getting Rid of Weeds ...

By Aprille

Weeds seem to be a given when dealing with the outdoors. Gardening can become a lengthy process when trying to fight off weeds. Here are 5 tips on getting rid of weeds that you might find useful. If you have additional methods for weed fighting, please feel free to share them!

5 Plant Ground Cover in Open Areas

Ground covers are an excellent way to prevent both erosion and weed growth. I plant a low-lying, lush ground cover among my perennials to keep weeds from overtaking my plants. Plants that sprout from bulbs seem to do very well when a ground cover is placed in between them.

4 Pull Them up by the Roots

Getting the entire root out, when pulling a weed is the only way to get rid of most of them. Dandelions are a prime example. If a dandelion is pulled up, but snapped off at the root, a new plant will shoot up from the chunk of root. This can turn into a vicious cycle. Investing in a special fork for digging up weed roots might make weeding a little easier.

3 Lay down Newspapers

Not only are newspapers easy to come by and cheap, but they are a perfect weed blocker that is also biodegradable. Spread news papers in a layer that is two to three sheets thick. Put layers around plants, in spaces between each row, and wherever you don’t want weeds to pop up.

2 Mulch with Wood Chips around Plants

Mulch is another natural product that can be used to prevent weed growth. Make sure to layer it on thick. A thin layer of mulch will make the area around plants look nice, but the sunlight will still get through and enable weeds to begin growing.

1 Apply Weed Killers

I consider this option a last resort, since I don’t like using weed killers on my plants. There are many organic weed killers to choose from, but I prefer to stay away from them all together. Be sure to read the labels when buying week killing formulas. Some types shouldn’t be used on plants that are used as a food source.

I hope these tips prove to be useful to you or that you know someone who might be able to benefit from the. I find that combining many of these methods make the chance of weeds coming up in the garden even less likely. Placing a layer of newspaper down and then applying mulch on top is just one example. Do you have any additional methods for getting rid of weeds?

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