One of the most time-consuming and dreaded tasks for any avid gardener is weeding. Weeds can be irritating as they spread quickly and within days can take over your garden and lawn. We’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks to help you tackle these garden pests.
It is important to identify what weeds you have so you can properly remove them. There are two main types of weeds: common and invasive. Common weeds are plants that cause ecological damage to your garden or can create health problems for both animals and humans, and are often found growing in an undesirable location. Invasive weeds are more harmful and typically establish, persist and spread widely outside of the plant’s native range. These types of weeds can also overrun native plants and ecosystems, causing further damage to your plants and lawn.
To help you maintain a healthy garden and lawn, there are a few key tips that can help keep weeds at bay.
1. Eliminate weeds early
Once weeds are present in your garden, they can begin producing thousands of seeds that spread and multiply rapidly. It’s important to inspect your garden often for any signs of weed growth and remove weeds by hand when possible. In the process of removing weeds by hand, you are also providing aeration to your lawn through the holes in the soil left behind by the plants.
2. Mow your lawn frequently
Mowing your lawn often can help cut away any emerging weeds by halting their growth before they have a chance to flower and spread seeds. However, it is important to ensure you mow with a catcher attached to make sure that the cut weeds are not spread around your lawn even more.
3. Apply a layer of mulch
Mulch can be used to keep the soil around your plants cool and moist, depriving weeds of sunlight and stopping their growth. When putting mulch into your garden you should spread it evenly so that all surfaces are covered. Weeds will find any opening to grow and invade your garden, so make sure it is tightly packed and uniform. Using mulch is a great low maintenance way to keep those pesky weeds away, as there is not much upkeep required once you’ve laid it down.
4. Keep your gardening tools clean
When digging out weeds, your gardening tools should be cleaned in between each section of your garden. If they are not properly cleaned off, seeds could carry from one area to another, causing further problems. Also, remember to put weed clippings into a rubbish bag after removing them to stop seeds from spreading further.
5. Maintain healthy soil
Healthy soil keeps your plant’s root systems thriving, making it much more challenging for invasive weeds to grow. If you can’t seem to get rid of your weeds no matter what you do, this could indicate an underlying problem such as a soil deficiency. Once you identify these underlying causes, you can help ease the spread of weeds more successfully.
Every lawn is susceptible to weeds, but with the right maintenance and care routine in place, you can keep your lawn happy and healthy, and most importantly weed-free. Find your nearest Hustler dealer today for more helpful gardening tools and tips!