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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Become the Ultimate Weed Terminator

 
Weeds, eh? While they’re not quite the bane of the average gardener’s life that many people make them out to be, they’re certainly pretty irritating and disruptive to your garden’s beauty. A lot of people rip up weeds when they see them, only to find a few more have taken their place just a week or so later.
 
So how does one actually make sure they stay dead? And can it be done without using the sort of harmful killer chemicals that can cause damage to the rest of you garden, and even to any wildlife that may swoop in? We’ve got a few tips for you. Hasta la vista, weeds.
 
Go artificial
 
This is probably one of the most extreme options, and it certainly may offend the sensibilities of some gardeners who want absolutely everything to be natural. But hands-down the best way to prevent weeds from disrupting the unity and look of your grass is to simply replace your grass with the artificial stuff! More and more gardeners every year are getting on-board with this stuff, especially because the cost of artificial grass has been decreasing with the rising demand. It can help you save a lot of time when it comes to both weed prevention and general lawn care - after all, you don’t have to cut what doesn’t grow! Of course, the soil beds surrounding your lawn can be replaced with artificial stuff, but let’s assume that’s taking it too far.
 
 
Minimize soil disturbance
 
The reason you get weeds in so many places in your garden? Well, if there’s soil, then there’s a risk of weeds; pretty much every inch of your garden contains weed seeds. Most of them are way too deep in the soil to actually germinate; they need to be in the top couple of inches to get enough light. With this in mind, you have to remember that disturbing your soil too much can cause those seeds to come closer to the surface. Ironically, one of the most common causes of soil disturbance is weed removal! Be careful when removing the weeds you have, because you may shift dormant weed seeds into a more fruitful position within the soil. Use a thin blade to slice through the roots instead of digging them up or yanking them.
 
 
Reduce gaps
 
Mind the gap! Weeds are more apt to grow in the gaps between the plants you actually do want in your garden. Of course, you’re going to be a bit limited here as to how much you can reduce the space between plants. Some will need quite a lot of space in order to grow to their full potential; if they get too close, they may also find themselves blocked from getting enough water and sunlight. But there are many gardeners who make these spaces much bigger than they need to be; especially when you consider the fact that so many simply scatter their seeds without much of a strategy! Remember that the recommended spacing between seeds is usually a little too large as they leave room for error; you can often get away with shaving 20% or so from the suggest space.


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