Mulch, Mulch, Mulch! Not only does it inhibit the growth of weeds already in the
ground, but any that start next season can be pulled out without a struggle. Nice,
no? If the weeds don't get sun, they can't grow.
Secondly, mulching has the added benefit of assisting soil moisture retention, so
you can cut back on your watering, whether you've got grass only or flowers &
shrubs. If you have just a dirt patch, before you plant, you could lay down some
black "weed cloth" available at Home Depot. Lay the bark on thick, 2 or 3 " is
good. A moist soil makes any weed pulling a breeze.
Some cities have free mulch at their community recycling center(s); compost might
cost you a little more. While you're at Home Depot, you can also purchase chipped
bark for $3 for a 2 cu. ft. bag.
If you haven't yet planted, or are rethinking a strategy for next season, why not
consider "native plant materials" for your garden? Plants that are "native" to your
area, have a better chance of growing and remaining part of your landscape. Once
they become part of your garden, you needn't water them but once or twice a month.
You can contact a landscape architect for a plant list, contact your local nursery
or your local college or university. Ask for the horticulture dept; they'll be
happy to assist you. With the weed cloth, mulch and native plants, you're weed
pulling will be kept to a minimum this time next year, guaranteed.
For further reasons to plant "native plants", contact: www.cnps.org
> Hi all,
> I have a weed problem. I'm a fairly new home owner. I have a front yard about
> 12 x 14 in size. It's not a big patch but it's enough to plant flowers in the
> summer. I spend all this money planting flowers in the spring and by the time
> the middle of the summer comes, my flowers have hardly grown and my front yard
> is overwhelmed with weeds. I work all day, I'm 50 out of shape and,
> overweight. I don't want to spend my weekends on my knees pulling weed. Even
> when I do pull weed, I find that when I turn around again there's still weed
> coming up in another spot. I have several types of weed.
> What can I do this year to get rid of the ugly weed taking over my yard? Do I
> dig it all up and put something down that would get rid of the weed (don't know
> what to put down). If I did put something down would it kill the little bit of
> flowers I do have growing. It's no longer a pretty sight. If it's too late for
> this year is there something I need to do now to prepare me for next year