Mulch Weed Control – Tips On Getting Rid Of Weed Growth In Mulch
The most common weed problem in gardens is weed growth. A few years ago, it was easy to get rid of weeds with a hose or rake. But now there are many types of weeds that grow so fast they cannot be killed easily even if you use a powerful herbicide.
Soil diseases have become very prevalent too. And these problems make it difficult to control weeds effectively without using chemicals.
You may not want to spend money on chemical sprays. You don’t want to pay for them either because you think they will harm your health. Or maybe you just don’t like the idea of spraying poison all over your yard.
If this is the case then you might still be able to manage weeds with some simple techniques.
But first things first: You must know which type of weeds you have in your garden. Then you can decide whether or not to use chemical sprays on the weeds. And finally, you can learn how to remove weeds from your garden with mulches.
What Are Some Types Of Weed Growth?
There are two main kinds of weed growth in gardens: annual and perennial. The best way to get rid of weeds is to know how they grow.
These types of weeds grow from a seed, flower, and then die all in one year. These weeds are also known as ‘warm season’ weeds because they thrive in higher temperatures. All you have to do to get rid of annual weeds is pull them out of the ground before they bloom or set seed.
This can be done either manually or with a hoe.
These weeds are tougher and more resilient because they keep growing back year after year. These types of weeds are also known as ‘cold season’ weeds because they grow during the colder months. One example of a common perennial weed is dandelion.
What Kinds Of Weeds Are Growing In My Garden?
Knowing what kind of weeds you have in your garden is the most important step in getting rid of them. Consider asking other people if they know what kind of weeds you have growing in your yard. Most people can identify the weeds in their own yards, so it shouldn’t be too hard to figure out what’s growing in your own garden.
Examples of annual weeds include:
These types of weeds live for more than one growing season. They die back to the root system during winter or dry seasons. Then, they grow back in the spring and summer months when it’s warm and wet.
Perennial weeds are usually harder to get rid of because their deep roots can reach down deeper into the soil.
Sources & references used in this article:
Effect of rye (Secale cereale) mulch on weed control and soil moisture in soybean (Glycine max) by REX Liebl, FW Simmons, LM Wax, EW Stoller – Weed Technology, 1992 – JSTOR
Plastic mulching for weed control and water economy in vineyards by A Hegazi – XIVth International Symposium on Horticultural …, 2000 – actahort.org
Alternative weed control using the allelopathic effect of natural benzoxazinoids from rye mulch by V Tabaglio, C Gavazzi, M Schulz, A Marocco – … for sustainable development, 2008 – Springer
Weed control by subterranean clover (Trifolium subterraneum) used as a living mulch by AJ Enache, RD Ilnicki – Weed Technology, 1990 – JSTOR