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Weed Prevention Guide

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Weed Prevention Guide

Weeds can be the bane of any landscaper, threatening the beauty and organization of your planting areas. Although preventing weeds takes ongoing maintenance and effort, the results will be worth it when you see how healthy and attractive your flowerbeds remain.


It helps to identify the weeds you are fighting before you begin an ongoing battle. Once you know which types of weeds are threatening your landscape, you’ll be ready to mount an attack.


With a weed prevention guide, your landscape will stay neat and weed-free. You may even find some nifty methods that don’t require extensive effort.

  1. Weeds begin growing in a landscape as unnatural plants, spreading from other areas to choke out the native plants that were growing there.

    1.The Importance of Weed Prevention

    Left uncontrolled, weeds can take over a landscape and crowd out the plants you desire. Weeds often become overgrown and grow faster and stronger than desired plants.


    Weeds begin growing in a landscape as unnatural plants, spreading from other areas to choke out the native plants that were growing there. When weeds take over, the native plants will die, which upsets the natural ecosystem of a landscape area.

  2. 2.How to Prevent Weeds Effectively

    You have three options for preventing and killing weeds effectively. The first option – and also the most difficult option – is to pull the weeds or remove them manually. The second option is to use chemicals to either prevent the weeds from growing in the first place or to kill the weeds. The third option is to smother or cover the weeds and kill them without chemicals.


    If you opt to remove the weeds manually, you might pull them, mow them off, trim them back or dig them out. For optimal effectiveness, you will need to repeat the manual removal process often during the growing season to prevent the weeds from seeding in the soil.


    Using chemicals has advantages and disadvantages. The advantages include a fast result with weeds usually dying off quickly. Disadvantages include the possible ramifications from using chemicals in your soil. Organic herbicides may resolve some of these issues, but you must still use care when applying organic herbicides.


    Smother weeds by covering the weedy area with about an inch of newspaper, paper bags or black tarp. The weed block material will kill the weeds, bake the soil and prevent the weeds from returning.

  4. 3.How to Avoid Problems with Weed Prevention

    You may encounter possible problems with weed prevention with ineffectiveness and possible side-effects. To make manual weed removal effective, you must stay diligent and continue to remove all new weeds as they appear to ensure that they do not drop new seeds on the soil.


    If you decide to use chemicals to remove weeds, read the product labels carefully and follow the instructions. Failure to follow instructions may result in ineffective weed-killing results or injury to people and animals.


    Smothering weeds is a very effective way to kill weeds as long as you use a thick weed-block layer and you leave it on the soil for enough time to kill the weeds.


    With ongoing effort in the battle against weeds, you can restore your landscape areas and keep them weed-free and attractive.

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