People like to put different ornamental plants in their outdoor spaces for landscaping and satisfying their hobby of gardening. In addition to having outdoor furniture, Brisbane and Melbourne’s households benefit from having beautiful green gardens. Why? Firstly, gardens are pleasing to the eyes, secondly, they help in keeping the outdoor space cool and give you fresh air. However, the big problem a number of people face is the presence of weeds in their lawn or outdoor space that usually crop up almost everywhere including pathways, lawn, gardening beds, and even in planters. So how can we keep our garden weed-free?
These weeds can pose a serious threat to the substantial growth of ornamental plants and make your outdoor space look uneven and unimpressive. The best way to avoid all these situations is by getting rid of these freely growing weeds. Fortunately, we have put together some extremely effective organic trips to help you slow the growth of the weeds cropping up in your garden. These tips are listed below:
Cover Bare Soil
Empty soil is a paradise for weeds! Weed plants are quite opportunists and tend to fill any space quickly. Therefore, you need to prevent them from filling up the bare soil by covering the empty spaces proactively. You can try a number of methods to keep the bare soil covered and prevent weeds from cropping up again.
Dense planting can be a good solution for this purpose since dense planting actually covers a large area of soil and blocks the sunlight from reaching the soil surface and generating weed seedlings. Additionally, they also consume water and nutrients in large quantities, leaving nothing for unwanted plants and weeds.
You can also use mulches for the purpose of covering the soil, however, you need to make sure that they are considerably thick and capable of covering the soil completely. You also need to keep in mind that these mulches should not be so thick that they restrict water from penetrating the soil and reaching your own plans.
Agricultural farm experts suggest the need to renew these organic mulches at least a couple of times annually because they start to show the signs of wearing and become less effective over time. You can also use weed mats for this purpose. They are especially suitable for areas with a history of weed problems, and you can also use these mats in places that are often overlooked or are hard to reach. You can use weed mats and mulches combined for even better results.
Word of caution: don’t use black plastic instead of weed mats because it harms the microbes in the soil and ultimately affects the growth and performance of plants.
The strategies described above are used to prevent weeds from growing up in the empty spaces, however, if you are already dealing with the issue then you have to make use of your own physical removal methods.
Some physical removal options are hand weeding, scarification, and solarization. In case of hand removal, you have to get yourself prepared for a bit of a struggle. You can make use of various tools for hand weeding like forks and hoes.
You need to test different tools and choose one that works best for you. Regular checking of garden beds is necessary and if you spot small weeds, quickly act and remove them. In the case of large weeds, use heat to destroy them.
For scarification, you can scarify or lightly cultivate the soil in order to dislodge and kill the weeds. Remember, this method is used for large quantities of small weeds and is quite effective in veggie patches or between the rows.