Preparing For Easy Weeding
Weeds can overtake your garden, so it is best to prepare for easy weeding in advance. Spray the ground with water before you begin weeding, and you will find it easier to remove weeds. If you have young seedlings, weeding by hand will help them avoid being disturbed. Cut unwanted seedlings at their base. Once you have a handle on what type of weed to remove, you can start your weeding.
To make the weeding process easier, lay clear plastic sheets over your garden in the early spring. This warms the soil and encourages weeds to germinate. Remove the weeds when they’re several inches tall before you plant your crops. Remember that some weeds are edible, so keep this in mind when weeding. Here are a few tips to get started:
Soak the soil. Weed seeds germinate faster in moist soil than dry soil. Soaking the soil first helps prevent weed seeds from surfacing and growing deep. Weed seeds are difficult to remove from dry soil. Therefore, make sure to weed regularly, or else you’ll run into trouble. And don’t forget to use a high-quality weed killer. Weed killer can kill off a weed and kill many other undesirable plants at once.
When pulling weeds, use a hoe. Young weeds are easiest to pull, and they’re more difficult to get rid of as they mature. Using a hoe with a thin blade that moves horizontally just beneath the soil’s surface can make weeds easy to remove. And be sure to cut out the most of the root. If you have trouble removing the weeds, use a spade or digging fork to remove their persistent roots.
Before you till the soil, remove any weeds that you’re struggling with. Weeds are easier to pull when the soil is moist and soft. After rain, weeds that have deep roots should be raked up. Weeds are most likely to grow in places where there is little competition. Bald patches also encourage weeds. To prevent bare patches, cover them with mulch, or plant a cover crop.
Aside from being a necessary chore, weeding can be relaxing. It doesn’t require too much thinking, so you can even listen to music while working in the garden. If you don’t want to spend a lot of time thinking, you can use a pair of headphones, a foreign language, or an audio book to distract yourself while weeding. You can also use a camp stool if your lawn is steep.
Another way to make weeding easier is to use a hoe. These tools are great for removing larger specimens of weeds. They cause less physical effort and less disturbance to surrounding grass. When used properly, hoes can cause divots in the grass and expose weed seeds to the soil beneath. Using a hoe can also be dangerous, as you can accidentally hit a flower or a weed seedling, and you could expose yourself to dormant seeds.
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