Tips For Controlling Weeds In The Garden ~ I love to garden and not spend my time battling weeds. These proactive tips help keep them out of the garden.
Our house is situated on a natural ravine filled with beautiful tall grasses swaying in the wind, wild flowers like crocuses in the spring and dainty Bluebells and vibrant Black-Eyed Susans in the summer and… lots of weeds. These weeds go to seed during the growing season and many of them end up in my flowerbeds. I found I was spending a significant amount of time weeding just trying to stay on top of the uninvited growth. This is not my idea of gardening.
I decided that I had to do something to solve the situation. I couldn’t get rid of the weeds in the ravine and I didn’t want to give up on my flower gardening. So I went on an information hunt to see what options there were that did not include banned herbicides. Here are my…
Tips For Controlling Weeds In The Garden…
Amend the Soil
I amend the soil by adding peat moss, bone meal and compost each year. I am not a trained horticulturist so I am uncomfortable giving the exact proportions of each amendment. But when I am working on a section of my flowerbed I pretend I am making a pizza where I sprinkle a little of each one over the garden and then gently hoe it into the soil.
Through my gardening trial and error experiences I have learned that it is the preparation work that keeps the soil healthy and happy that makes for healthy and happy plants. The more healthy the soil is, the more the plants I want to grow thrive and make it difficult for the weeds to push their way in.
Cover the Soil With Mulch
After I have amended the soil I cover it with mulch. There are lots of different kinds of mulch but I prefer to use dark bark mulch that I purchase in bulk from our local landscape supply company. The mulch makes it difficult for the weeds to surface and it keeps the good amendments and the moisture nicely tucked away in the soil.
I use these blue bins in my garden wagon to load and move the bulk mulch.
I Only Plant Perennials in the Soil and Annuals in Pots
I have mentioned before that I live in a Hardiness Zone 3 gardening area. This means a shorter growing period and limits the types of flowers that I can plant that will actually grow. So I stick to hardy perennials that I can trust to come back each year. I also purchase all of my annual bedding plants because if I planted them by seed only a few types will actually flower by the end of the growing season.
A few years ago I bought for half price some ceramic outdoor planters and added them to my flowerbeds. I was getting frustrated pulling weeds amongst the annuals planted in the ground and I didn’t want to plant annuals in the mulched areas. So I now have container gardens sitting amongst the perennials and I have to admit I really like the way they add interest, different heights and textures and a nice pop of colour! I can also confidently say that I have never pulled a weed out of any of my pots.
So those are three ways I have been able to reduce the weed situation in my flowerbeds. Before, the persistent weeds took control of my time by having to constantly be on weed duty. Now that I have implemented these easy and simple solutions, I spend more time enjoying the garden and a lot less time controlling the weeds.
This weed situation has taught me a few lessons when it comes to being organized…
- I have learned not to view life as being full of problems but rather full of problem solving opportunities.
- When attempting to solve all of these problem-solving opportunities be prepared to inquire, seek solutions, ask, research and learn something new along the way.
- Be prepared to be proactive and seek solutions in order to make things work more positively and successfully.
I have not completely solved the weed situation in my garden and know I never will. However, when you look at my garden, it is the perennials and annuals growing together that create the beautiful collage of colour and the weeds are now just a minor nuisance.
Here are some other photographs of some of my annual flower pots.
Here is a collage showing showcasing my tips for controlling weeds in the garden…
Your turn: What do you do to get rid of or keep your weeds under control?
For the most part I win the battle of keeping weeds out of my garden. I invite you to check out some of the gorgeous flowers that I do grow with a lot of success…
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