Weed Control Starts With Key Preparation Steps and Diligent Observations
Spring has sprung, and many Boulder residents are thrilled to get back to the garden. Cultivating an herb garden, encouraging flowers to bloom and other gardening tasks are on the to-do list this season. Pulling weeds, however, isn’t at the top of the list. Don’t turn to harsh chemicals, including the controversial Roundup brand. Explore these nontoxic strategies to weed control. The alternatives are cleaner and easier to implement than spraying questionable substances across those plants.
Employing the Sun’s Help
Start the gardening season out right by initially dealing with the soil. Residents need a clear area to begin solarization. Cover the bare soil with a plastic tarp for about four to six weeks. Be sure to clear away any shading items, such as tall bushes or overhanging tree limbs.
The tarp traps the sun’s heat as the warm days progress. Any weeds or seeds under the tarp will simply die back. Residents are left with a clear area to plant their desired items afterward.
Exploring Landscape-Fabric Options
Almost any garden benefits from landscape fabric. In essence, the fabric is a barrier to any unwanted plants trying to sprout out of the ground. Spread the fabric out across the bare soil. Create slits or holes in the areas where a wanted plant should be growing. The fabric isolates the desired plants while eliminating weeds in the surrounding area.
Keep the fabric covered with mulch, however. The sun can break it down in record time if it’s left exposed. After several years, consider a complete reinstallation of the fabric. It will decline with time regardless of a gardener’s diligent care.
Trying the Vinegar Trick
Create a mixture of 5-percent vinegar, salt and dish soap. Pour it into a spray bottle. Apply the spray to any weeds in a Longmont yard. The vinegar is the main weed killer. It reduces the cell membranes into liquefied tissues, which leads to rapid decline.
The soap and salt just solidifies the vinegar’s job. If any plant sections are missed with the vinegar, the salt and soap will make short work of the weed-elimination job.
Be sure to spray with an accurate aim, however. The vinegar will work on nearly any plants, including the ones that residents want to keep.
When gardeners first learn about planting and lawn care, they also explore the benefits of mulch. Aside from protecting the soil’s nutrients and moisture content, mulch also drowns out weeds. Any seeds or sprouts under the mulch cannot reach oxygen or sunlight. They die back before they can rise into the light.
Choose organic mulches so that they can add nutrients to the soil as they decay. Replace the mulch as it breaks down. Weed control is an ongoing process as a result.
Going a Bit Overboard With Plants
There’s nothing wrong with planting too many plants. The garden will have a unique appearance while choking out the weeds. In fact, this strategy is one of the simplest ones to employ. If desired plants are taking up all of the real estate, no weeds can have a chance to grow.
Allow the plants to naturally spread with some pruning from the residents. The lack of sunlight on the soil itself will stop most weeds.
Showering the garden with ample water from the garden hose is a quick way to nourish the desired plants and weeds. Those unwanted plants need to be cut out of this free-resource offering.
Try focused irrigation with a drip system. Hoses wound around the garden with tiny holes will allow a trickle of water to the desired plants. Any weeds in the area will succumb to drought. Simply place the hoses in their proper positions to see a reduction in weeds.
Heating Them Up
Sun solarization works for bare soil, and heat can be used in unique ways after planting a garden too. Look for flame weeders that are essentially mobile, propane tanks with a narrow wand attached to them. Find a weed and apply the small flame to it. The weed will die back in response.
Alternatively, try the boiling water trick. Boil water, and carefully pour it onto the weeds. This trick requires a steady hand. Be aware that the roots will still be in the ground after this alternative. Removing the roots by hand will help with weed control.
Tilling in Corn Gluten
The corn-production industry has a lot of byproducts that are perfectly safe and effective as weed-control alternatives. Corn gluten is one of those handy byproducts. After Boulder residents have sprouted their desired garden, till corn gluten into the surrounding soil.
This unique product actually hinders seed germination. Any weed seeds in the ground will remain dormant. Remember that adding any other seeds to the soil will result in no germination. For this reason, be sure to have everything sprouted well before using the corn-gluten strategy.
Discussing Options With the Professionals
Taking care of the yard is a full-time job at times. If residents need a helping hand, Don King is there to serve every need. A property may simply need some TLC with weed pulling every few weeks. The residents complete the other work. No job is too small or large to handle at Don King.
The professionals offer detailed advice about lawn care and flowerbed cultivation too. A property can look like it’s straight out of a magazine with a few tips from the experts who’ve been working in soil and seeds for many years.
Discuss your garden concerns with the experts at Don King Landscaping. They’re proud to serve the Longmont community and beyond. Create a landscape maintenance plan or draw up a new vision of the garden. The professionals can make that landscaping dream come true.