April showers bring May flowers – and weeds

Now that spring is officially here, and summer is just around the corner, it’s that time of year when weeds poke their nasty little heads from every single crack or speck of dirt in your yard. 

How does one nip the problem in the bud, so to speak.  Here are a few tips.

1.  One organic and time-tested method is to get on your hands and knees and yank the darn things out of the ground.  This isn’t a ton of fun, but it can be for kids.  I’m not promoting child labor here, but if you have kids or babysit or anything, a weedy garden can provide at least an hour of entertainment.  Just be prepared to have some plants you actually want pulled up too.

Additionally, if your weeds are starting to go to seed (dandelions are especially obvious), get them out of there right now.  Otherwise, you’ll be yanking extra weeds all year long.

2. There are products, both organic and chemical which you can use to de-weed your property.  I’m hesitant to actually recommend any as I don’t really support using harsh chemicals, nor do I know your specific weed problem.  It’s best to get advise directly from the bag or the store where you purchase it.

3. Set up raised beds.  This one requires a ton of work, and often-times it’s easier to leave the installation up to a professional landscaper.  But, with a raised bed, you can control what kind of soil goes into it – and there are weed-free solutions.  Additionally, you can control what kind of plants grow in your raised bed (to some degree at least). 

4. Plant in pots.  This is the same idea as the raised beds situation.

5. Install hardscaping.  If you just don’t want to deal with the expense, time and work of setting up a weed-free yard, hardscaping is the way to go.  You’ll still have to deal with any weeds coming through cracks, but that’s not too difficult. Depending on the size of the project, a professional landscaper should probably be consulted.

6. Let some weeds grow.  If you’re looking to create a weed free lawn or something like that, reconsider what you classify as a weed.  A yard with a variety of grasses isn’t going to harm you and can look quite pretty.  Also, it’s a lot easier to pick and choose which plants you call weeds than to get rid of every plant except one type.

Here’s to a weed free landscape!

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