Garden Basics: Weeds
Tips on Weed Control
We can all agree that weeds are certainly a nuisance, however there are a few things that can be done to control them so that you can enjoy your intended crop.
- One of the best ways to control weeds is to suppress them before they can even establish. This can be done using an organic mulch, a biodegradable fabric, newspaper or non-waxy cardboard scraps. By smothering the weeds with these materials will limit light from wakening up seeds in the soil that may be dormant.
- Pulling out weeds the old fashion way is always a safe route. This can however create tension on your wrist and fingers so it is advised to pull weeds out when they’re wet.
- Speaking of pulling out weeds, pull them out as soon as possible. When weeds are younger and less established weeds are a lot easier to pull from the soil. Destroying weeds in its early stages also keeps them from spreading seeds.
- Use a hand shovel or even a fork to pull out stubborn roots on weeds.
- Avoid deadheading weeds! Weeds are persistent and will grow back quickly. Try to pull weeds from the roots. Chop weeds at the soil line only when it is too difficult to pull out completely.
- Always avoid harming other plants nearby when weeding.
- Deprive weeds from water. Water only your intended crop of choice. This can be done successfully by using a drip irrigation system which targets specific growing areas.
- Avoid weed invasions by never leaving the growing area vacant. Occupy a bare area with cover crops during times you are not planting.
- Do not disturb the soil too much after planting has occurred, this could potentially expose weeds from beneath the ground to sunlight.
Weed Identification is crucial
Being able to identify weeds is crucial because you don’t want to harvest anything that may be beneficial to the garden or is edible. Also, you don’t want to discard your intended crop. Furthermore knowing what kind of weeds you have can help you determine how to effectively destroy it.
Common Weeds found in the garden:
Weeds can be composted as long as they have not gone to seed. It’s also best to avoid weeds that spread by way of runners, otherwise, your compost bin can potentially become a new home for weeds.
Some weeds can be eaten! Weeds such as amaranth and purslane are great when they are young and tender. Cut these weeds up and add to a salad!