Today we’re going to be talking weeds specifically six steps you can take to eliminate and to Remove weeds from Garden.
Wherever you’re at there’s a time of the year where it usually heats up, it dries out a little bit and the weeds really get cranking and it gets hard to control for some reason.
So I’ve got some strategies for you, some that are long term that you might have to plan in the next year and some that you can apply right now__ but that will really help you control and even eliminate a lot of your weeds.
What is Actually weed?
Before we get into those though, let’s talk about what are weeds right, everybody’s got a different idea and in general aside from specific varieties.
Weeds are anything that you don’t want growing in your garden or in your space anything that’s competing or getting in the way of what you’re trying to grow.
These could be any type of herb, whatever they are they’re generally something right that, that you don’t want in your garden. You don’t want it competing with your vegetables but here’s the deal weeds are a natural part of the system of the natural system. They’re there they have a function.
Why are Weed There in our garden?
Before we talk about eliminating, we really should to understand why are weed there? what are they doing? and they’re really god’s way in creation of taking care of damaged soil of a damaged environment.
Weeds are generally annuals that are coming up, they come up in harsh conditions when it’s hot, when it’s dry and they’re there to restore the system.
They’re hardy and a bit tough to remove, because they’re competitive__ they’re able to survive in the worst conditions and they’re coming up because they’re trying to cover the ground. They’re trying to protect the soil, they’re bringing up nutrients and actually dying back every year in the natural system and slowly building topsoil.
So they have a real purpose in the natural system but in our gardens they often we don’t see them as having any purpose they’re a problem and so we want to turn this problem into a solution.
Six Strategies to get rid of weed in your garden
So here we are discussing six methods, that will really help you reduce them – eliminate a lot of them and over time the first year you could reduce your weeds by 50 to 75 percent and over a few years by 90%, without using any harmful chemical or etc.
Where it’s really a light weed load but it takes some forward thinking, it takes some long-term strategies along with day-to-day work.
Strategy 1: Stop turning your soil over
Let’s dive into those, now all right so method number one is a long-term strategy and it’s gonna change the way you garden if you’re not doing this already and that is to go to a low or even better no-till system.
You have to stop turning your soil over every year, every bit of soil has got seed in it and it goes down into the layers. It’s got those weed seeds they’re there waiting for the right conditions to pop up and so every time we turn them over you’re bringing new seeds to the top.
So if you’re tilling your garden every year you may have eliminated all the weeds the year before. However, you’ve done it, but then you go and you turn that soil over and you’re bringing those seeds back to the top and they’re going to be there and they’re going to germinate when the conditions are right.
If you were turning your soil over, it was definitely loosening up the soil for turning in some organic matter to get things started.
As an experiment, we didn’t turn the soil over this year and guess what? This year we found 50% less weed as compared to last year.
So, it’s the strategy number one you got to stop turning your soil every year because you’re just working against yourself. You’re working against the natural system by continually bringing those seeds to the surface where they’re ready to germinate when the conditions are right.
Strategy 2: Covering the Soil
Number two and these are an order of importance__ all right, you have to stop tilling and the next thing you need to do is mulch your soil, (cover your soil).
Everywhere in nature except for a desert, you’re going to see that natural systems cover the soil they don’t leave bare dirt whether it’s the prairies with grasses laying down or dying or the forests that are dropping leaf litter on the ground it is always covering the soil building. That’s the way nature works.
And that’s what we want to try to mimic (Copy natural work) in the garden. You can cover the soil with a transparent cover as shown in the picture but I will recommend you to use a weed membrane. Also considered as the best strategy to to Remove weeds from Garden.
(Optional) As a DIY leave a small bare ground, this year don’t cover it and see how natural system works. Soil will make its own cover in a natural way by growing weed over it.
This is why we use to cover our plants or grass artificially to avoid the growth of unwanted herbs or weed.
Strategy 3: Plant densely
Number three is to plant densely and quickly. And keep the seeds well-watered so that everything would get up quickly and so we have several forces at work.
First, we didn’t till the soil over second we kept it mulched and we got it planted very densely and so that out competes the weeds. By adopting these 3 strategies we can reduced the weed load here by 90 percent. When to plant the seed properly in the soil under the sunrays and well-watered, these seed not let weed win and get all required nutrients to grow-up first.
Digging up the soil properly where you are going to plant the seed. Remove the stones and such objects from there and plant that densely. Make sure the plant is getting desired sun rays and keep water that properly.
Strategy 4: Cover cropping
Strategy number four is very similar but that is cover cropping that’s going crop growing crops that aren’t necessarily your harvest crops but crops that you’re going to grow to cover the soil and create some beneficial elements. So, one of those would be growing those in place, so that if you’ve got a dormant bed or you’re between plantings or it’s early spring or late fall going into winter and you want to create a living mulch you can grow a cover crop something like peas and oats.
If you want to look that up that’s a whole discussion but you can grow that as a cover crop and that will take the place of the weeds those will grow up quickly, they’ll shade the soil and they’ll slow down the conditions and out compete the weeds and along with that you’re actually building organic material and bringing nitrogen to your soil.
Considered as the great strategy for between crops or for depending on your season you know ending the season. Once you’ve harvested and you can put those cover crops in let them die back for the winter and prepare for spring so cover cropping that’s strategy number four and a great way to intermittently deal with weeds.
So these first four strategies are really your bigger long-term strategies and particularly those first three are going to do the bulk of the work for you to where you haven’t we’ve eliminated anywhere from 75 to 90 of the weeds and you haven’t even gotten out there and had to start weeding.
I just think that’s really cool; I’m sharing my personal experience __ don’t know about you but it saves me a lot of time in the garden but weeds are still going to come up we’re not going to get rid of them completely. We’re going to work in the soil we’re going to stir it up sometimes wind’s going to blow things in and some things are just very persistent depending on what you’ve got growing and they come up anyways things happen. Try these 4 strategies to Remove weeds from Garden.
Strategy 5: Weeds Pulling
The next strategy is a daily strategy to Remove weeds from Garden and that is just getting yourself out into the garden every day and harvesting the weeds pulling them when they’re small, when they’re easy to get out they’re easy to pull up by the root we don’t want to just cut them off we want to pull the whole thing out.
If you are new to this strategy, it will take time only once, for the first time you have to work harden to remove weed manually from your lawn or you can hire a person to do this task for you. Once you done, you can do it on daily basis in just few minutes. What you all have to do have a walk in your garden, dig up the weed if your found any. By this you can also find if any of your plant not growing or need pest cleaning.
Digging up weeds daily on daily biases on small scale like your garden or lawn. This strategy just getting out into the garden daily having a plan and pulling your weeds not cutting them off a lot of them are going to come right back from the root.
So get them when they’re small pull them all the way out and it’s a very easy job it’s very relaxing doesn’t take a lot of time and you’re getting your eyes on the soil or on the garden you’re getting your hands in the soil and it’s just it’s a nice time to be out there.
Strategy 6: Chop and drop
All right let’s move to the method six which is what i call chop and drop and that is when the weeds just get ahead of you.
This happens when you don’t cover the soil so we’re going to apply the chop and drop here but it does happen don’t worry about it.
I also have got some other areas in the garden sometimes you just miss weeds this area like the corn certain things get going up in there you don’t see them you come through and then one day you go whoa where’d that come from you’ve got some big plants going. Don’t need to worry you can just come in and cut them down.
Weeds go big a lot of times, you know this is in the path a lot of times it’s happening in the middle of your plants you don’t want to just pull them up here it’s not a problem in the pathway, so you could just pull this grass up again because the way we’re treating the soil and mulching it comes up very easily but if it’s mixed in with your plants you can just come and take these and cut them down and cut them up.
Sometimes weeds get bigger under not your eye, or somewhere in the corner of garden where you have not visit for months. Don’t worry, if you can’t pull that out you can simply shed its sides and then simply cut it outta root.
You can apply these six things learning that account here you you’re drastically going to reduce your load work on weeding and you’re going to eliminate a lot of the weeds and you do this for a few years in a row we’re only at year two here and we’ve seen at least a 75 percent decrease. Year three and four it’s going to be even less.
So those are the core strategies that I use throughout the season and within my garden that eliminate a lot of the weeds and help me control the ones that do come up but you may not be right in the middle of a system like this it might take you time to develop one you may have some things that are really hard to control.
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