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With spring comes growth. With growth comes plants. And weeds. Oh, the weeds!
I like nice neat garden beds. Unfortunately, where I live means that if you turn your back on a bare piece of ground it will sprout weeds in minutes. So let’s take a look at how to manage weeds.
Weedkiller = Dead Weeds
My husband favors the chemical solution. Douse weeds with vinegar, boiling water or Roundup. This does kill the weeds, that is for sure. Unfortunately, it leaves dead weeds all over the place.
I personally will only use these methods for the things I don’t want to touch: poison ivy, and the nasty three-leaved plant with thorns that is springing up all over the place. Once these plants are truly dead, I will go in dressed to protect myself and get rid of the plants.
Water, Water Everywhere
Weeds can be pulled by hand, but it’s only effective if you get the root system. One of the best ways to do this is to soften the ground.
I usually let nature do this for me — I will go out and weed after a rainstorm. But in a pinch, I will run the sprinkler on the area I want to weed to make it easy to pull up the plants.
Every time I visit the home improvement store, they seem to have another “miracle” weeding tool on display. But the fact is that it doesn’t matter what tool you use, just that the tool enables you to get the whole root of the weed.
My grandfather swore by his trusty hoe. I’ve never learned to use a hoe in that way, so I have an old-fashioned forked weed puller. You position the fork around the base of the plant and use the handle to lever up the root.
Weeds don’t have to be a major headache. With a few little tricks, you can quickly get the unwanted plants out of your garden.
Do you have any tips or tricks for weeds? We’d love to hear them below.
Photo by jenny downing