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Keep weeds from growing in garden

Great tips. We just bought our house last Fall and started our first garden. We had so many things to think about, from the clay soil, to developing the plot, etc. That, we sort of neglected a plan for the weeds! Although, it was in the back of my mind the whole time! I’ll have to try a few of these unconventional tips because…let me tell you, it is impossible to pull weeds from clay soil!

Using a tarp to cover your garden 30 days (longer if you can) before planting will kill off most of the weeds

Actually, weeds perform many jobs. They prevent erosion, keep topsoil from blowing away, pull nutrients from deep in the soil depositing them on top of the soil when they die, and keep the soil microorganisms moist and cool.

The best way to organic weed control is proper planning and following through on that plan. Your garden will produce more food, with less time and effort and you will be enjoying a bounty of wonderful vegetables, herbs, and flowers, with hardly a weed in sight.

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If you are going to use old carpet, make sure it is really, really old carpet. There will be less of a chance of having dangerous chemicals leach into your soil. I have also heard that if you can find one, an old wool carpet is much more garden friendly than a synthetic fabric one. Additionally, if you can periodically pull them up and make sure they don’t “grow” into the dirt it will be good (eventually, soil and other debris will get on the surface and weeds will colonize these spots. If you let the weeds grow on top, the roots can work their way down through the carpet and sort of permanently stick the carpet to the ground, making future digging and tilling a real pain.) We used carpets around a church garden and these were the things we discovered. Happy gardening!

Peggy,
Poison Ivy is the toughest of all. I’ve written 2 posts about it that I think you will find helpful.https://www.lifeisjustducky.com/poison-ivy-removal/ and another one https://www.lifeisjustducky.com/how-to-identify-and-treat-poison-ivy/ I really hope these will help. The short answer is, yes, keeping sunlight from getting to it will be helpful, but it takes a long time and poison ivy will send runners underground a long way. Good luck.

Yeah, sorry about that. For some reason it is showing my wordpress.com site (that is non existant) instead of my self hosted sites. I have 2 sites, my main site is isntthatsew.org …. and I just started a gardening blog last week to document my gardening journey….it it’s not fully up and running….but, feel free to check it out, theorganicheir.com

Don’t Forget To Put Your Garden To Bed.

Taproot – some weeds have a long center root, a bit like a carrot. It has smaller roots growing off from it. If you break off the root at or near ground level it will often just grow right back. You need to try to get the whole root out. A dandelion is a good example of this type of weed.

Especially if your garden is very large it can be a real chore. Sounds like you could use the info in How to build million dollar garden soil https://www.lifeisjustducky.com/garden-soil/ to help with that clay. Happy gardening!

Keep weeds from growing in garden

By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener, regular contributor to Gardening Know How

Mulch the soil surface and weeds will find it harder to invade. Photo: Shutterstock

Top 5 Tips For How To Control Garden Weeds

Make sure weeds like dandelions don’t set seed. Photo: Shutterstock

Prevent weeds from taking over in your garden with these simple steps on how to control garden weeds.

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3 Weed beds after a good rain. Pull weeds by hand when it’s easy. Take advantage of the weather and pull weeds when the soil is damp after a rain. Pulling up weeds is probably the most important step you can take to keep weeds under control, but don’t waste a lot of muscle power attempting to pull weeds when the soil is hard and dry. Not only is this really hard on the back, but you’ll probably snap off and leave behind pieces of roots that will generate more plants, so your hard work is accomplishing little.

5 Use weedkillers as a last resort. If you have to reach for herbicides, use them judiciously and only when other techniques alone don’t work. Read the label carefully, as the type of herbicide depends on a number of factors, including timing and the type of weed. Some gardeners prefer to use pre-emergent products, which are often applied after hand-pulling or cultivation. Post-emergent herbicides are used to combat seeds that have already sprouted, and are most effective in the seedling stage as small weeds are most susceptible to the chemicals.

Most gardeners are more likely to describe weeds as troublesome, undesirable, and unattractive plants that choke out their prettier, more loveable neighbors. A.A. Milne, the talented and generous guy who penned Winnie-the-Pooh, said that weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.

4 Don’t let weeds go to seed. If you want to give weeds the heave-ho, keep a close watch and never let them flower or set seed. This won’t eliminate every single weed in your garden, because weeds have several ways of reproducing. However, preventing development of seeds can minimise spread considerably. Chop off their heads with a mower or weed trimmer if you have a large patch, but set your mower as low as possible. Otherwise, you might be controlling tall weeds while allowing lower-growing weeds to flower and spread. This technique is most effective when used with other weed-control techniques – especially hand-pulling.