We all want that beautiful clean looking bed. The question is how do we get there? Below are 3 easy tips to get you started with managing the weeds in your landscape beds.
Identify the most prevalent weeds in your landscape
Once we identify the weeds we can understand the life cycles of the weed. This will allow us to provide an effective strategy to manage those weeds. For example, if the biggest problem is common chickweed, controlling that weed in late fall provides us with the best control. If your primary issue is Canadian thistles, we need to manage this type of weed in the late spring and summer to gain good control. Life cycles also tell us if it is an annual or perennial type of weed. Annual weeds can be controlled by using preemergent herbicides whereas perennial weeds can not be controlled with a preemergent.
Use various mulches to prevent weed growth
Mulches provide coverage over the soil preventing weed seeds from reaching exposed soil. In addition, the helps to cool the soil surface reducing weed seeds from germinating. Furthermore, since weeds require soil to grow, they are unable to grow out of the wood. Some common materials available include wood bark mulch, pine straw mulch, wood chips, and pine bark nuggets.
For those who do not have the time to hand-pull weeds, spraying them with a herbicide or organic alternative is a great way to manage weeds. Vinegar is an example of an organic option. The advantage of herbicide spraying is that it will translocate through the entire plant system killing the entire root. In addition, spraying takes far less time and effort. It is important to be careful when spraying as spray may drift onto a desirable plant, which may cause damage to that plant. Your local garden center has many options to choose from. Reading and understanding the pesticide label is important any time you use a herbicide.
Ask a Professional in San Diego County
If the above steps to spring clean your garden seem too burdensome, you can always seek professional service. At Huizar’s Landscape & Maintenance, landscaping is a lifelong passion. We love taking care of gardens all over San Diego County and making them a haven for the owners.
We would love to clean your garden and make it as immaculate as your home! So, please don’t hesitate to write or call us. Let’s clean up and transform your garden today!