Protecting Your Landscape Design Against Weeds

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Weeds are one of the most persistent and difficult landscaping problems homeowners face. Conventional weed control methods make heavy use of chemical products. Fortunately, recent years have seen homeowners becoming more interested in natural weed control strategies. These approaches are gentle on the environment while still being highly effective.

Use Mulch To Stop Weeds From Growing 

Weeds can grow near the base of flowers, bushes, and trees. Once weeds become established in these areas, they can be a drain on the nutrients and root space for the plants you want to grow in these spaces. Applying a layer of mulch to these spaces is one solution for helping to stop weeds from growing. The layer of mulch will act as an effective physical barrier against weeds. In addition to preventing weeds from coming into contact with the soil, the layer of mulch can also deny the weeds of sunlight. These benefits can make mulch one of the most effective chemical-free options for mitigating weeds. As an added feature, mulch can return nutrients to the soil as it gradually decomposes.

Use The Proper Technique For Hand Weeding

When you see a weed growing on your landscaping, pulling it out of the ground by hand can be one option for removing it. Unfortunately, pulling a weed from the ground can be more complicated than you might have thought. For example, the weed's roots will have to be removed to stop the weed from regrowing in the future. The use of a weed removal hand tool can be one solution to this issue. These tools can make it easy to remove most of the roots that may be growing beneath the surface of the soil.

Vinegar May Be Effective For Killing Isolated Weeds

Another solution for removing weeds from your property will be through the use of vinegar. Pouring a small amount of vinegar on the weeds can quickly kill them. The vinegar will work by burning the weed's roots so they will no longer function correctly. While vinegar is an affordable and effective solution for removing weeds, you must avoid pouring vinegar on plants you want in the area. The acid from the vinegar can damage other plants in the vicinity. Due to this risk, it is generally best to use vinegar on weeds that are in isolated areas. For the best results, horticultural vinegar should be used for neutralizing weeds. This vinegar product will be specially formulated to be more concentrated so it can be especially effective on unwanted weeds.

Speak to a landscape contractor to find out more.