As experienced gardeners know, fighting weeds is a never-ending battle. They seem to pop up no matter what you do. But there are proven strategies for preventing them, and mulch is one of the best tools available. Working with a professional for your landscaping needs, including mulch application, is the best way to make sure your weed control program works.
Here are a few strategies for preventing weeds from popping up in your mulch:
If weeds start popping up in mulch, we want to tackle them before they can seed and spread. If you’re pulling weeds by hand, make sure you get the whole weed, including the root. Applying a pre-emergent herbicide is also an option. One approach is a commercial weed-killer like Roundup, which contains the chemical glyphosate. Some gardeners prefer a more natural approach, using a mixture of vinegar, salt, and dish soap to kill weeds as they grow.
We all know how tenacious weeds can be. They thrive on the very same things your garden does: sunlight, water, and nutrients in the soil. Weeds take pretty much any opportunity to grow and aren’t picky about where they take root. As plant-based mulch decomposes, it provides an attractive, nutrient-rich environment for weeds to take root.
How Can I Kill Weeds in Mulch?
For flower beds and landscaping, we like a chipped or shredded bark mulch with a relatively coarse texture. It decomposes relatively slowly and doesn’t blow away so it can do its job and keep sunlight from reaching the soil. Inorganic mulch (like stones or gravel) does an excellent job of preventing weed growth. However, it doesn’t offer the soil-improving benefits of organic mulch.
Applying mulch every spring makes sense on several levels. It helps enrich the soil and helps retain moisture during the dry summer months. But the main reason most of us mulch is weed control. We faithfully lay down a couple of inches of mulch and cross our fingers that we’ve won the battle. But most of us aren’t so lucky: weeds almost always find a way to pop up, even in the most beautifully mulched landscaping. Why are weeds so hard to tame, and what can you do to stop them? Here are a few tips:
We often find weed seeds in old or contaminated mulch. Seeds can also get distributed by birds or wind into new beds.
How Can I Prevent Weeds in My Mulch?
At Epling, our experienced team knows which type of mulch to use in different locations. We apply just the right amount for each job, both for weed control and curb appeal. We have herbicide use down to a science and know which kind to use, both before and after mulching. This spring, put the focus on spending time outdoors with family and let our pros at Epling take care of the weeds.
So let’s talk about how to prevent weeds in flower beds so that you can get back to enjoying their beauty without having to commit your weekend to pull weeds.
First, it’s important to point out that weeds can be unrelenting and will continue to keep trying to come back. Though you may be looking to answer the question of how to prevent weeds from growing, there is no solution that will get rid of weeds forever.
How to Stop Weeds from Growing in Mulch
In fact, many homeowners assume that there’s nothing more they can do to address weeds other than mulching their beds and hand-pulling any of the weeds that break through. While it’s certainly true that mulching will help suppress weeds, there are always those persistent ones that continue to emerge.
Enhancing the Health of Your Flower Beds
Besides ultimately having healthier and more attractive landscaping beds, one of the biggest benefits of working with a professional is the ability to hand over the hassles, and the worries, associated with keeping your plant beds looking their best. You’re busy and the last thing you probably want to do on your free weekend is pull weeds. With a pro, you don’t have to worry about it. Plus, with the power of pro-biotic soil additives working their wonders, your plants will be looking better than ever.