Manage Weeds in Your Lawn or Garden

Apr 28, 2012 by


how to control weedsNobody really likes to have weeds in their lawn or garden. I really don’t like them! The best way to control weeds is to take care of them right away. Having one weed in your lawn is not a big deal, but once that weed goes to seed and creates 50 more of them, you have an epidemic on your hands.

The key obviously is to try to take care of the problem as soon as you can. For most people this means going out and weeding your lawn or garden in the early spring. For gardening and on flowerbeds, I like to use a how. This gets rid of most broadleaf weeds very quickly. It also does a pretty good job at getting rid of grassy weeds. For weeds with tubers such as the dandelions, you’re going to be better off using a week of work or a flat head screwdriver (or a tap-root weeder) to help you pull these weeds.

How to Prevent Weeds in Gardens and Lawns

how to prevent weedsWell, the easiest way to prevent weeds and flowerbeds  in gardens is to use a pre-emergence like Preen. This helps to keep the new weed seeds from germinating. It is a very effective way to control them. Do not use pre-emergent weed killer around any areas in your lawn or garden that you are planning on planting later on. This type of weed killer doesn’t work on seedlings, only on weed seeds I haven’t germinated yet.


There are essentially two different types of weeds. There are annuals and then there are perennials. The annual weeds can grow very quickly, but the good news is that they are pretty easy to get rid of. It is especially easy to kill them if you hold them up when they are seedlings. Perennial weeds are a bit more difficult to control and should be dug out. These include grassy weeds and dandelions. Make sure that you remove as much of the root as possible to prevent it from growing back. As soon as your garden gets tall enough, it should give your garden with enough shape to keep new weeds from growing.

When you have a healthy lawn that is growing rapidly, it is also a great barrier to preventing weeds. Apply a weed killer to your lawns only when needed. Weed killers will also slow down the growth of your grass. Even though they may kill some of your weeds, they may make your grass more vulnerable at the same time.

Here are a Few Tips to Help Prevent Weeds

If you are trying to prevent weeds in your lawn, make sure that you fertilize and mow your lawn regularly. The best defense against weed is healthy and vigorously growing grass. Also, try watering your lawn deeply and less often. In order for weed seeds to germinate, they need a lot of water at the beginning. Established grass doesn’t need to be watered as often as weed. If you cut back your watering two or three times per week, you can keep your grass going really well, and help prevent weed seeds from germinating.

How to Prevent Weeds from Growing in Your Flower, Fruit, or Vegetable Garden?

controlling garden weedsIf you have a fruit garden, you’re going to want to use mulch around the base of your trees, or around your berry bushes. This will help keep out the weeds, and it can also give fertilizer for your plants.

If you want to prevent weeds from growing in a flower garden, you can use a landscaping tarp and molds to prevent weeds from growing where they aren’t supposed to. For vegetable gardens, you want to make sure to hold the weeds while they are small, and once they have grown, you won’t have much problem outgrowing the weeds. It also helps if you make sure that you have weed-free soil.

If you want to prevent weeds in a flower , mulch tends to work pretty well, but you have to be careful not to burn your plants. Another idea is to use a weed resistance cloth or material around your plants. Never buy compost for your lawn, garden or flower that has not been properly cured, or you could develop serious problems with weeds.


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