In fact, many homeowners assume that there’s nothing more they can do to address weeds other than mulching their beds and hand-pulling any of the weeds that break through. While it’s certainly true that mulching will help suppress weeds, there are always those persistent ones that continue to emerge.
How to Stop Weeds from Growing in Mulch
Hand-pulling can be time consuming and fortunately, it is not your only option.
Enhancing the Health of Your Flower Beds
These microorganisms also help strengthen your plants against disease and pests. Healthy, biologically active soil has a highly diverse array of this microscopic life and can even help reduce the need for some insect and disease control products over time. A routinely used plant health care service that is focused on the biology of the soil health of the plant beds will have fewer weeds and better-performing plants.
Most weeds are easy to eradicate if spotted early enough and can be controlled without the use of chemicals.
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Bare patches of soil will quickly be colonised by both annual and perennial weeds, so a well-stocked border is less likely to support a thriving population of these pesky plants. If you have gaps in your borders, plug them by planting ground covering plants.
A weed is technically just a plant in the wrong place. It could be an unwanted seedling from another plant, or something more pernicious and invasive that you really want to eradicate. However, while you’ll never be able to completely stop weeds from popping up, there are ways to ensure they have less places to grow.
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Many weeds are great to eat while they are young such as dandelions, plantain, yellow dock, violet, wood sorrel, lambs quarters, chickweed & purslane. Make sure you check a reliable source such as this book Edible Wild Plants to make sure they are safe to eat.
Classes of Weeds
Buckwheat (which my ducks love), millet, and sorghum are good choices for hot weather. In cooler weather, crimson clover, Austrian peas (great in salads), tillage radish, winter wheat, and mustard are great choices.
If you’re a new gardener—or you’re working in a new or neglected space—the first season will be the toughest. Start small and stick with it. I assure you the time you put in now will be time well spent.
Don’t Forget To Put Your Garden To Bed.
They will make quick work of removing your cover-crops too so your garden is ready to plant.
Two extra reasons for using cardboard, the activity of garden critters (the good kind) love to live under cardboard. Beneficials such as earthworms and fungi will love you. Also, the use of cardboard as mulch is permitted by NOP (National Organic Program Standards) Bonus!