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Preventing Weeds In Landscape Beds

Posted by Ann Tosovsky

How To Keep Weeds Out Of Landscape Beds.

Each year spring rolls around and we are all excited about sunny weather, April Showers, pretty flowers, birds and bees, and new leafing trees.  The winter blues have disappeared and now it's time to get busy prepping landscape beds for spring plantings. We look around and see what needs to be done and make a list of what supplies to get from the local garden center. The excitement begins building, the ideas start flowing, surfing the net for new ideas, new colors and new plants....this year my landscape is going to Rock!!!

Then reality sets in.  We all love having a great looking landscape and we don't mind putting in the work to making it look beautiful, but then we want to be done.  We want to sit back, relax and enjoy the fruits of our labor.  But what about the WEEDS! The weeds are a never ending issue, a back breaking, never ending pain in the.....! They pop up from nowhere, sneak in overnight and take root in the landscape beds that we just spent hours making look fabulous. What do we do about the weeds!!

Weeds are not only a nuisance because we have to deal with them on a regular basis, but theyweeds in landscape bed can also present other problems as well.  Weeds can shelter insects and may have diseases that spread to desireable plants.  Let's not forget the potential discomfort and itchiness of poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac.  

Weeds are considered to be undesireable plants in undesireable locations.  They compete for space, light, nutrients and water. Unfortunately, the harsh true reality is that no matter how hard we try, there will always be weeds popping up in the landscape.  The question is how can we best manage them minimizing the time we have to spend working in the yard versus sitting on the porch or patio with a cold drink enjoying the beauty of our yard?

Here are 5 tips to help prepare and maintain a "Weed Free" landscape:

  1. Put down landscape fabric in areas where mostly woody shrubs will be planted. 

    Fabric will keep weeds out and should be used as more of a permanent layer. Fabric may not be the best option where perennials, seasonal plants, or wildflowers will be planted.

  2. Install edging around landscape beds to keep grass and weeds from creeping into the planted area.

  3. Spread mulch a minimum of 3" deep and maximum of 5" deep.  This will help prevent sunlight reaching weed seeds that are trying to germinate.

  4. Use Pre-emergent herbicide in early spring before weed seeds begin germinating and make sure the herbicide penetrates the top 1-2" of soil or mulch.

  5. Use Post-emergent herbicide for weeds that are actively growing during the season.  Selective herbicides can be used in flower beds and around desireable plants.  Non-selective herbicides will damage/kill desireable plants if the herbicides reaches the foliage.

***Always read the label when using any type of herbicide and check with your local garden center for the best solution for your situation.***


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*picture from weedpro.com



Tags: General, Pests/Disease