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Declare War on Weeds

When it comes to weeds, you have to have a strategy. Follow these tips for getting rid of them once and for all.
  • Know Your Stuff

    Weeds are divided into two categories. The first includes weeds that produce enormous quantities of seeds. These are often easy to kil, either with weed-control products or with a hoe, but new ones will keep appearing. Weeds in the second category are hard to kill, often because they have persistent underground parts that can sprout into new plants. A few weeds, like dandelions, have both of these characteristics. 

    Work to keep weeds out of your garden in early spring before they get a strong footohld, and you'll nearly eliminate them. Follow these prevention strategies. 

    Date Published: January 25, 2018
    Date Updated: August 14, 2018
  • Mulch

    A 2-inch layer of organic mulch, like hay, grass clippings, or shredded bark, is an easy way to suppress weeds because mulch blocks light and prevents weed seed germination.

    Date Published: January 25, 2018
    Date Updated: August 14, 2018
  • Mulch-Free Zone

    Prevent disease by maintaining a 2- to 3-inch mulch-free zone around the base of plants. Moist mulch that come in contact with stems, twigs, and trunks can lead to fungi and bacteria, which will infect your plant. 

    Date Published: January 25, 2018
    Date Updated: August 14, 2018
  • Plant Cover Crops

    Plant a small area with a cover crop, like wheat, barley, oats, rye, sorghum, or sudangrass. When the edible crop finishes its growing season, it will act as a mulch to shade the soil and prevent germination of weed seeds.

    Date Published: January 25, 2018
    Date Updated: August 14, 2018
  • Remove Roots

    When getting rid of weeds, make sure you remove as much root as possible. Use a small trowel or taproot weeder to pry pesky roots out of the ground. Regular weeding will keep weeds small and easy to pull, and prevent weeds from setting seed and creating hundreds of new seedlings. 

    Date Published: January 25, 2018
    Date Updated: August 14, 2018

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