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Weeding Made Easier

No one likes to weed.  It’s uncomfortable and strenuous work, and often can feel as if it is never ending.  However, there are ways you can make the weeding process a little easier.  Here are a few:

– Try using a weed and feed product.  There are many products that work to kill weeds while fertilizing your lawn or plants.  Take a look and see what is available in your garden store.Pulling Weeds

– Keep your plants and lawn healthy.  One great weed prevention method is keeping the plans you intend to live in a certain area healthy with fertilizer, mulch, and more.  Using mulch does double duty – it protects the plants you want while making the soil looser so you can yank out the weeds you don’t want.

– If your yard is really weed-choked, consider starting over.  Talk to your local landscaper about your options.

– Grow another aggressive plant.  There are many types of plants that might be able to out-grow your weeds.  Mint and grass are very aggressive plants, and there are many others that could out perform the weeds that are troubling you.

– Keep your yard aerated.  If your soil is solid, it may be hard for anything except weeds to grow in it.  Additionally, hard soil makes it difficult to yank out the weeds.  Try aerating or amending your soil as much as possible.

Here’s to a weed-free yard!


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Ideas for Organic Weed Control

Southern California has gorgeous weather year-round, which means we get wonderful flowers, bountiful crops, and lots of weeds.  Here are some organic weed control ideas for your yard:

If it’s your lawn that’s getting weedy, try these ideas:

  • Keep your lawn mowed.  This means the weeds can’t get too big and cannot develop seed heads.
  • Compost and/or fertilize.  Keeping your lawn fertilized and healthy allows your grass to fight any encroaching weeds.  Just make sure that if you area using manure, it’s been well cured to kill off any weed seeds before you use it.  You don’t want to add to the problem!
  • Overseed your lawn.  It’s not the time of year for it, but if your lawn is patchy and weedy this year, try overseeding in fall or winter for a better lawn next year.
  • Aerate.  If your lawn has never been a happy one, consult with a landscaper and see if you may need to aerate it.  Some weeds can live on dense, clay soil, but grass has a hard time with this kind of soil, so won’t be able to prevent weeds from taking over.
  • Find an organic weed and feed.  There are products you can buy which actually are organic, and help your lawn while harming the weeds.
  • Yank ’em out.  This is always an easy way to organically get rid of weeds.  Try to pull them up and get their roots out of there.

If it’s your yard or garden which is getting weedy, try these ideas:

  • Compost and/or fertilize.  This helps in three ways:  1. The fertilizer and/or compost will leach nutrients into your soil which will help your plants grow strong and fend off parasites and weeds, 2. Adding content to your soil structure can make your soil nice and crumbly – perfect for yanking out weeds without pulling a muscle, and 3. The compost prevents light from reaching the weeds, killing them off.
  • Pour boiling water over the weeds.  If you have just a few weeds, or the weeds are pretty isolated, try pouring boiling water over them for a few days.  Experiments show that this can kill them.
  • Get a sharp hoe and cut them off just your topsoil.  A sharp hoe can go a long way toward cutting weeds out of your property.
  • Spread corn gluten meal over areas where you’ve already pulled up weeds, and you don’t want them to return.  The corn gluten meal is supposed to stop new seeds from sprouting – so don’t plant seeds in those beds, just plants that have already been started.
  • Find an organic weed killer.  There are several you can find in garden stores which are organic.
  • If your yard is taken over by weeds and you have no idea what to do, try this: Rake out as many weeds a possible.  Wet the soil.  Cover it with plastic for about six weeks.  The heat and sun will kill the weeds, leaving you with soil that can now be planted.  This is best done around late spring/early summer.

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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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