When it comes to the way to clear a garden full of weeds – unwanted plants, most gardeners find it so difficult to prevent weeds from growing thoroughly because of its attribute like grass plants. Lawn weeds are plants that can grow anywhere they want to absorb air, nutrients, water, light from your garden landscape, as well as disease hidden. Some weed plants are beneficial because they are edible, however, most of them cause harm to your garden.
You’ll not want to have weed seeds overrun your garden surface and limit the vegetable plants to thrive. However, clear a garden full of weeds is a process that might cause more harm than good. This requires a lot of effort to have weed control carefully and thoroughly. Keep reading and the information below will show you the impressive ways of how to clear a garden full of weeds without harming the other plants.
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I. HOW MANY FEET TALL CAN A WEED REACH?
Depending on the types of weeds, their height and how fast they grow can vary differently. However, on average, it is common to say that the feet tall of weeds can reach from 2 to 3 inches a day in the right condition. You might think that two inches are not much, but keep in mind: the growth of your garden plants never reaches that speed of weeds in a day.
In the right set of conditions, including humidity and warm weather, a weed grows one to two inches overnight. If you don’t put them on good control, you’re totally able to get up in the morning with weeds that choke out your gardens and lawns. Plus, weeds adapt to local climates so easily that a weed still grows well in the condition of water lacking.
II. TYPES OF WEEDS
First, you need to identify each weed plant whether there are beneficial plants or nuisance plants to spend time getting rid of the particular one. How different way each type grows up also requires each different technique to prevent weeds. There are three common kinds of weeds: annual, biennial, perennial.
Annual weed is a species in which weeds complete their life cycle within one season to below one year. At the end of each cycle, the weeds drop their seed before dying and then weed seeds start germinating again in the next term. In general, there are 2 common subcategories of annual weeds: summer annual and winter annual. To control the growth of annual weeds, it’s better for the gardeners to notice and kill weeds before they’re going to start their life cycle: usually early spring for summer annual weed and autumn for winter one.
For some particular types of weeds, they will be able to grow in poor-nutrients soil, so you should remember to keep your soil healthy.
See a list of weed identification by its plant families here
Biennial weeds are plants that usually complete their cycle over two seasons of their growth. That means a weed will sprout in the first year of the season life and bloom; then, this plant will die in the second season. The biennial weed group includes not much, just a little species.
In general, biennial weed causes fewer problems than other groups, especially annual weeds. To clear biennial weed, using herbicides can produce the most effects if they’re applied before weed seeds are sown. Or digging the ground up is also a method to get rid of weeds.
Perennial weed is a type of weed that can regenerate for several seasons. That means perennial weeds won’t die at the end of the season: they can “hibernate” and then, regrow noticeably in the spring. Some common weeds that belong to perennial plants includebuckhorn plantain, dandelions, nutsedge, chickweed, etc.
Controlling perennial weeds can be accomplished in a variety of ways, including a combination of approaches. When eliminating perennial weeds, proper lawn care entails removing the entire roots in your garden or using specific pesticides. Another technique for avoiding perennial weeds is proper yard maintenance.
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III. TOOLS TO CLEAR A GARDEN FULL OF UNWANTED PLANTS
There are some tools you need to consider when removing this plant from your garden. You’ll need to prepare and gather them before going to the next step of the process of weed control. The garden weeds tools include:
- Digging fork or spade
- Organic, synthetic, and fabric mulch
- Garden hose
- Grass whip
- Post and pre-emerge herbicide
- Soil knives
IV. HOW DO I REMOVE WEEDS OUT OF MY GARDEN
After knowing your garden unwanted plants thoroughly, it’s time to find out the best way to control the weed growth, avoid them from growing overrun your landscape. Remember that all the methods require your persistence.
Use Electric Weed Eater
If you have a large area, having an electric weed eater may be considerable. This is a string trimmer with a blade attachment for cutting thorny brambles and thistles to nubs. Clearing your garden will be easier and faster than ever if you use an electric weed eater. Therefore, it is an extremely strong and effective tool. With a tool like this, you’ll not only be able to chop down overgrown weed spots in your yard in no time, but this tool also helps you learn how to maintain the sharpness of your lawn’s edges.
There are three basic steps for you to learn how to use an electric weed eater:
STEP 1: GATHER EVERYTHING REQUIRED AND PREPARE IT ALL
This means that if you have an electric weed eater, plug it into the best available outlet and make sure you have enough cord and extension cables to use depending on the size of your yard and the amount of weed eating you need to perform. When it is plugged in, make sure you are able to get it done without stopping to relocate to another outlet or add more cords. You will want this step done correctly the first time.
STEP 2: FIND A SUITABLE SPOT TO HOLD THE ELECTRIC WEED EATER IN
This should be done before even turning on the device. That being stated, you should always keep the string trimmer as close to the ground as possible.
STEP 3: TURN THE ELECTRIC WEED EATER ON
Finally, when you find a suitable spot that is close to the ground, you can turn the electric weed eater on. After you’ve switched it on, start weeding by moving from side to side while keeping the machine’s blades at a constant height. This motion helps you to get balance for all of the weeds in your yard while going ahead and keep moving forward. When utilizing a weed whacker, you should always move forward; this is the safest method to operate it.
Pull Weeds Out
Manually pull out weeds by hand is the easiest method that doesn’t require any weeding tools. However, you should prepare gloves carefully during the process of pulling to prevent thorns of some particular plants.
The tip to pull out weeds is grabbing its base and then twist them to separate from the soil ground. Remember not to break the plants during this process and leave any roots. Some particular weeds will re-germinate from the root body you forgot and left them on the ground, such as dandelions. However, in case you might snap the roots by accident, use a digging fork to remove the entire plant out of the ground.
It is easier to pull the weeds out when the soil is wet and they haven’t reached their mature yet. Once the weeds in your garden are old enough, their root system will go deep into the garden soil and will be harder to remove. Moreover, if your garden is large, this method will not be an effective one and you will find tired of this chore.
Dig them up
Sometimes, this plant continues to regrow many times no matter how you have to pull it out of your garden, it could be better to have persistence and dig the roots up. Consider using a digging fork or spade to remove both the entire body of weeds and their roots at once. A tip for you to prevent weeding the next time is that you have to ensure you removed them as much as possible and not leave any root pieces behind.
Mulch your garden
Among removing weeds techniques, mulch is considered to be one of the most effective methods. In this way, you can prevent weeds in the soil’s surface from reaching the sunlight and air – which provide life for every plant and keep plantain from sprouting any seed. Moreover, mulch can moderate moisture and soil temperature under it, as well as provide more nutrients for other plants in your garden.
Before taking the mulching technique, loosen the soil is required, and remember: just do it once in the early spring before any seeds grow. And then, cover the organic mulch with at least the thickness of 3 inches above each plant’s base to avoid the roots rot.
The most effective way and saving your time most for the weed-free is by applying herbicides to kill this plant. And you’ll need to use a pre-prominent herbicide, which is constructed specially for each grass weed before it germinates and post-emergence one after that time to control the weed growth.
However, the herbicide will destroy your garden and the ecosystem not only in your landscape but also affect local plants. Chemical weed killers are like the risks of both soil and flora when indiscriminately killing no matter there are beneficial plants or nuisance ones. And some weeds are even resistant to the herbicide, so the use of this way may harm your vegetable plants than the nuisance weed.
This way of weeding is less time and effort required but more disadvantages than manual ways. Therefore, you’ll have to consider both pros and cons of this way for the best choice for your garden. If you’re planning to clear all the plants and want to construct something completely new, this technique is obviously a good option.
Plant Cover Crops
Let the weeds grow temporarily before you’re going to plant your garden seeds. When the weed has grown about several inches, which its roots are still young and soft, you need to pull the entire plant out of the yard. Or at the end of your harvest season, you’ll want to plant some beneficial cover crops, which rather spreading fast to keep weed-free in your lawn and keep soil from erosion as well.
Some cover crops you might need to know: clover, wheat, barley, etc.
Keep The Garden Edges Trimmed
A lot of weed seeds have the tendency to grow at the edges of the garden yard. So, keep your edges mowed by a trimmer is a good suggestion to stop weeds from growing. And you need to keep noticing and have the right-time actions to any invasions of weeds into your garden soil before their seeds have a chance to germinate thoroughly.
V. FIND PROFESSIONAL TO CLEAR A GARDEN FULL OF WEEDS
For the best result of removing the weeds in your garden, it’s better for most gardeners to find your local professional. They have experience and the right tools for each work of this project. You can easily search the list of professionals with a large number of comments on the Internet. In which, you can exam whether that company is good or bad enough to make the right choice for your gardening. No one wants to waste their money and time on the worst address.
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