Weeds may spread diseases and pests that can degrade the quality of surrounding crops and plants. Hence, it is important to control weeds. If weed growth is left unchecked, they will restrict the growth of other plants because weeds will compete with surrounding plants for water, space, soil, and nutrients.
The best way to control weeds from spreading across your garden is to stop them before they take root. Here are a few tips that will help in effective weed control:
There may be weed seeds in every square inch of your garden, but only those near the top of soil gets enough light to germinate. Once you dig up the ground for cultivation, hidden weed seeds will come to the top and start sprouting.
Dig only when you need to and immediately salve the spot with mulch or plants. Cut through dandelion roots and other weeds in your lawn to cut off their feed source, instead of digging them out. This will minimize soil disturbance in your lawn.
You need to dig the root out. Weeds are more likely to grow back if you take the leaves and leave the root behind. If it is not possible to dig the root, at least cut off the weed heads regularly. This will stop the weeds from growing back or might kill them.
Mulch helps to retain moisture in the soil and will help to stop weeds from growing. A layer of mulch in your garden should be 4 to 5 centimeters deep. You can use straw, newspaper, or cardboard as mulch, as it can be effective at improving soil texture, conserving water, and suppressing weeds.
You can avoid the cultivation of weeds in your lawn or garden if you focus on only watering plants. A drip irrigation system will make sure that you only water your plants and not weeds. Also, you can focus the water on specific areas in your garden rather than spraying it randomly. With a drip watering system, you can use water at an optimum level, so the wastage of water is reduced.
Keep your plants closer together, as it will stop emerging weeds by shading the soil between plants. Grow your plants in a way that blocks the space instead of growing them in rows that provide open areas for weeds to germinate. Plant your plants at the closest recommended spacing. Spacing recommendations may vary depending on the type of plants you grow. You need to strictly follow the spacing guidelines when you work with plants that are prone to phloxes and foliar diseases.
With these tips, you can control weeds and give your plants healthy growth.
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