If you’re looking for ways to kill weeds in your flower beds without hurting your precious flowers, consider these weed control landscaping tips.
Flower gardens are beautiful, but when weeds spring up, they steal water, nutrients and sunlight from your flowers. Weeds should be removed right away to ensure a blooming garden.
Using Weed Barriers
A garden weed barrier is a burlap-like fabric or cloth, with a meshed texture, ideally used to reduce the amount of weed infiltration whilst allowing water, fertilizer and oxygen to filter through to the plant.
To use a weed barrier in your flower beds, clear the beds and lay the fabric down and then cut slits into the specific places where the flowers will be dug in. You can also plant your choice of flowers then lay the fabric over the top before creating slits on the fabric down to the ground where a flower is.
Cover the barrier with a thick layer of mulch to prevent its degradation from too much sun exposure. This also helps retain moisture beneath, and also enhances the aesthetics.
Remember to be consistent with weed removal, especially in the surrounding areas.
Mulching is an easy way to maintain a consistent level of moisture in the soil and to also suppress any weeds.
By using a deep layer of mulch on bare soil on your flower beds, weeds can be inhibited easily. This is because mulch covers the soil thoroughly, ensuring no weed seeds can get in contact with the soil, and if they already have, such weed seeds are not exposed to light, thus, they cannot grow.
Organic mulches like shredded cedar and pine barks, chopped leaves, straw and grass clippings are popular because they also feed the soil while preventing weeds.
Use a 2 to 3-layer of mulch which is ideal for smothering weeds and also, retaining soil moisture. Using less mulch will let through enough light to allow weed seeds to germinate.
When applying mulch, give your plants an inch of space by pulling back mulch from the crowns of your crops to help prevent rot as well.
Cut Off Weed Heads
Chop off weed heads when you can’t kill them to prevent damage to your flowers and help limit their spread. This is a great step to be done a few weeks before they begin to seed.
When deadheading weeds, pruning loppers are a good tool for use.
Fertilize Your Soil Well
Weeds flourish to replace deficient nutrients within the soil. For instance, wild buckwheat does well in soils with low phosphorus levels and excessive potassium.
Fertilizers prevent weed growth in your flowerbed by ensuring your soils have the right nutrient balance of phosphorus and potassium.
Enrich your soils with organic matter and from a soil test, determine what chemical fertilizer to use as well. Healthier, well-fed soils will result in a blooming flower garden, and leave the weeds unemployed!
Only Water Your Plants
Weeds will compete for water with your plants for their seeds to germinate. To choke them, employ irrigation methods that will dehydrate the weeds causing them to die off.
Drip irrigation, using drip hoses beneath the mulch, is a great way to only water your plants and not the weeds.
Try these methods of weed control and watch your flower beds flourish!