As you fight to prevent weeds from taking over your lawn and garden, remember that weeds are not creating a void; they are filling one. The insights in this blog will help you reduce the weak spots in your landscaping and get control over weeds.
Every homeowner knows that weeds are a pain in the neck. How many hours will you spend on your hands and knees pulling them out of the garden? How long can you go before you break down and apply that chemical weed killer you were avoiding using?
As you fight to keep weeds from taking over your lawn or garden beds, keep this in mind: weeds are not creating a void; they are filling one. Although weeds will never disappear entirely, the following insights will help you to reduce the weak spots in your landscaping that weeds are tempted to fill.
Weed Control in Your Lawn
Healthy Turf is Happy Turf
Maintaining dense and healthy turf is the key to preventing weeds from growing up in your lawn. Thick turfgrass will cover the soil and prevent sunlight from reaching weed seeds. It will also provide less physical space for weeds to fill. Therefore, it is essential to make sure you do what it takes to manage your lawn well, including practicing proper watering, fertilizing, mowing, and pest control. Water regularly but avoid overwatering; fertilize according to the needs of your grass and soil; keep your mower blades sharp so as not to damage the grass.
Remember, weeds grow to fill a void. By taking care of your lawn, you eliminate weaknesses that weeds may take advantage of.
Choose the Right Grass
In shaded areas, not all turfgrasses will perform well and provide the soil cover necessary to prevent weed growth. Avoid Bermuda and Bahia in these areas and choose a variety, such as St. Augustine, that will continue to grow well in the shade. In heavily shaded parts of your lawn that will likely not support the growth of any turfgrass, plant a groundcover instead.
Weed Control in Garden Beds
You most likely experience even more trouble with weeds in your garden beds than in your lawn. It is incredibly frustrating to put money, time, and energy into creating a beautiful garden only to have it invaded by weeds within weeks.
Believe it or not, your method of watering could be contributing to weed growth in your garden. Are you dousing the entire garden bed every time you water? Be strategic; weed seeds are less likely to germinate when they receive less moisture. Targeted watering, or directing water only to your ornamental plants, can reduce the germination of weed seeds by 50 to 70 percent!
Mulch and groundcover plants do more than sit and look pretty. These ground covers improve the appearance of your garden beds, add organic matter to the soil, reduce the need for irrigation, and do a fantastic job of controlling weeds! In fact, the use of mulch can be as effective as herbicides in preventing weed growth. Covering the bare ground with mulch or another ground cover will discourage weed seeds by creating an unwelcoming environment.