Are you tired of growing weed and unwanted herbs in your garden? As a gardener got many questions like how to get rid of weed? Any applicable method etc…
To answer such questions I had an experiment of applying three different methods to remove weed from my garden! Here we go__
Review of two months experience in blocking weed from my garden:
A couple of months ago I installed wood chip pathways in our garden and I chose wood chips because I wanted a material that was relatively inexpensive readily available and effective in not only protecting our soil but blocking the weeds from coming through.
And I know that we have a lot of harsh weeds here like Bermuda grass and yellow Nets edge weeds that are not going to be blocked by just a simple layer of woodchips even a thick layer of woodchips.
so rather than just doing that in every one of these beds I chose to try three different installation methods for these woodchips to see which would be most effective in blocking weeds.
In this article, I’m going to give you a two-month update on which one of those three methods works best for blocking weeds in our garden and hopefully give you some ideas on what you might try in your garden.
Here are three methods that I applied to get rid of weed!
So, method one just lay down a thick and it’s amazing the number of people who have reached out to me and said just put down a layer of woodchips thread on top of the soil that’s all you need to do it’s going to suppress those weeds.
it’s gonna feed your soil but as gardeners, we know that just because something works for somebody else in their garden doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s gonna work for us in our garden.
And this is a perfect example of that now, this is the area where I just did a five-inch layer of woodchips that’s a significant level of woodchips.
It’s very thick, and it’s suppressed most of the weeds, but as I said, I’ve got some very harsh weeds.
Here I’ve got Bermuda grass and yellow nutsedge and what you’re seeing here and everywhere, (In the picture above) is yellow nutsedge now this stuff will go crazy. it’ll come right through it, doesn’t matter that I have this five-inch layer of woodchips.
So, I tried it I put down this layer, and look how deep this is it goes way down here__ but these weeds are popping up through it regardless.
So, method number one of putting down just a thick layer of woodchips it didn’t work for us and the weeds that we have in our garden. but if you have mild weeds it might work well for you.
The second method that I used here was to put down two layers of cardboard underneath the Wood chip pathway so I have five inches of woodchips again but underneath it, there are two layers of cardboard and as you can see in the picture above, the pathway looks a lot clearer than the previous one without the cardboard.
But I do still see some of this yellow Nets edge coming through again I don’t see any other weeds. So, it did a really good job of suppressing the milder weeds, but tough weeds like this yellow nutsedge are still coming through.
So let’s see just how it’s coming through maybe it’s growing on top I don’t know so I can see the cardboard here and it looks like it’s actually coming up through this cardboard.
So although this message is coming right through these two layers of cardboard there’s certainly way less nutsedge in this pathway than there was in the previous pathway that didn’t have any cardboard.
so while it’s not blocking 100% of this message it’s stopping a lot of it__ and it’s doing a great job of blocking all of the other weeds.
Because I don’t see any other weeds in this pathway and previous to this there were quite a few and finally method three a thick layer of wood chips on top of the weed membrane.
Now underneath these wood chips, there’s a layer of weed mat (weed membrane) the material that’s actually designed and created to suppress weeds, and honestly, to me, this one looks the best out of all.
But still, I saw a couple of the yellow in that stage coming through but for the most part, I see almost no weeds at all here you can see (in the picture) some of the edges.
But in the middle of the pathway, there are pretty much no weeds.
Before I installed these pathways, at a glance this was definitely the best method but let’s just see what it looks like down here where the weeds are coming through how did it get through this weed fabric.
So once again this nutsedge was able to pierce right through my weed block and so I think the consensus at this point is that nutsedge is gnarly and it’s gonna go through just about anything but of all the pathways this one has the least amount of nutsedge.
And once again it doesn’t have any other weeds coming through so this weed block did a really good job it even blocked all the Bermuda grass and everything else so weed block for the win in my garden.
There are a lot of different methods for weed blocks some are thinner than this some are thicker than this so find a good one and lay it down the PAF and gnarly weeds.
Comparing results of three methods
Well, that’s it for this two-month review of the three different installation methods that I used for these woodchip pathways.
I’m really glad that I chose different ways because I was just going to probably use wood chips on top of some cardboard for every pathway but I wanted to see which one worked best.
Not only to see which one worked best for me but to give you all an opportunity to see what might work well for your garden.
Do we need really need a weed membrane if we put wood chips? Read here
And I think the takeaways from this article are that there was a significant difference in just putting the woodchips straight out of the soil first using two layers of cardboard and then using actual industrial grade weed block fabric big difference in all of them.
But what’s also important to remember is that it really depends on what’s going to work best for you and your scenario.
If you have pretty mild weeds you don’t have some harsh stuff like yellow, sedge, and Bermuda grass that we’re dealing with.
You can probably get rid of it by just putting the woodchips right on top of the soil that’s going to be the easiest the cheapest method. And they’re gonna break down and feed your soil the best.
Now if you have some weeds that are a little bit harsher maybe you wanted to use the cardboard method and even you have really harsh weeds and you just want to be done with them.
Put down that weed membrane but that brings a whole another level which is, if you have really harsh weeds__ they’re going to come through regardless we saw a yellow net sedge coming right through two layers of that thick weed fabric.
So maybe it’s just what’s going to work best there’s no ultimate fix for every scenario either way.
Review Weed membrane over here