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How To Prevent Weed Growth

2nd July 2013


You can spend an entire day in the blazing hot sun pulling up weeds without being able to prevent future growths.  This is due to the unpleasant fact that weed seeds and spores will live in soil for up to seven years, meaning that no matter how many you pull, more are sure to grow back.  Since these pests will rob your grass or flowers or vegetables of the nutrients they need while also introducing harmful pathogens, you need to prevent the growth of any weed mass before it happens.  Here are a few ways to do so.

Cultivate Regularly

Aerating the soil regularly is not only a good means of getting extra nutrients and oxygen into the ground for your plants, but it also uproots any weeds prevents new seedlings from taking growth.  Aerate about once every week in order to ensure that the rotation of soil provides the most benefit to your plants as well as eliminating new weed growth.  You gain the most benefit by aerating after you water a garden or lawn (or after it rains) since the moisture traps even more oxygen for your plants.   Be sure to be careful because pulling up your plant’s roots will kill them as well.  

Lay Down Coverings

From mulch to plastic to an entire seed bed underlay, keeping a protective cover over the soil is an excellent way to ensure that only the plants you want to grow will thrive in a garden or lawn section.  Mulch is strongly recommended since it decays and releases organic material, provides warmth during the winter time, and prevents weeds from gaining access to sunlight.  Only the strongest weeds will be able to grow through plastic coverings like garbage bags or thick mulch.

Using Herbicide

Unless you have qualms about raising an organic garden or lawn, residential herbicide will attack weeds while leaving grasses and most types of plants intact.  Whether you use a spray, tablets, or powders, they aggressively go to work against green weeds.  Some herbicides are pre-emergence and should be laid down before the plant seeds or turf is settled in; others are post-emergence and will work best once your grass or plants or trees have already developed shoots and need to fight off weed growth.  Always follow the instructions on herbicide, since too much of any kind will be detrimental to the quality of the plants that you want to raise.