This week we celebrate Weed Your Garden Day. Just the other day I was outside in my garden and could see that I was way, way past time for me to celebrate this day while wearing garden jeans and doing some serious up close and personal work.
How about you? Got a few spots in your garden beds (or even your containers) that you’d rather not show to visitors? Well, to help inspire you, here’s a rouges gallery of some of the more common weeds and how best to keep them under control.
This is just a quick profile of the most common weeds. There are hundreds more, some limited to your region. Whatever the weed, keep these tips in mind.
- Get them before they seed, especially the annuals. There’s an old proverb that says “One year’s seeding means seven year’s weeding. Part of the reason some plants are classified as weeds is their ability to spread seeds that can wait for years before germinating.
- Mulch is the best thing for weed protection, hands down. A 3-4 inch of mulch will choke out weed seedlings and discourage perennial weeds.
- Establish a barrier for garden beds. Many of us have garden plots next to lawns. These grasses are not welcome where you are growing herbs or edibles. Some form of physical barrier – rocks, timbers, plastic or metal edging – will protect your treasured plants from competition.
- Dig for perennial roots. Many weeds can come back even if everything above ground is taken away.