Has your garden been overrun by unwanted plants? If you are wondering how to clear a garden full of weeds, then you are in the right place. In this article, we look at an extremely effective way of clearing a large area of invasive and problematic weeds.
And while many people are quick to reach for dangerous chemicals in an effort to kill weeds, there are often much better and less harmful weed control techniques that you can include in your gardening arsenal to make sure those pesky plants don’t stand a chance!
Best Way to Remove Weeds from Large Area
Pull Them Out
There are many effective methods you can use when it comes to weed control. However, depending on the size of land you intend to clear off weeds, you may have to consider different types of tools. For instance, if it’s a small patch that needs clearing, you might want to just yank them out using your hands.
Manually pulling out weeds is the simplest way to go about it, but if your garden is big, you may find this chore quite tiresome. However, if you do intend to do extensive weeding manually, make sure you wear waterproof gloves. You might also want to consider a nice comfortable seating pad!
The trick to pulling weeds out effectively by hand is to make sure that you get to the root of the plant as well. Some of the more common weeds, such as dandelions, have a tendency to grow again from any roots that you leave in the ground.
Dig Them Up
If your garden has stubborn weeds that continue to regrow no matter how many times you pull them out, it may be time to dig them up. The cause for their reincarnation could be that they have persistent roots that need to be dugout. You can either use a digging fork or spade to get to those roots and remove the weeds once and for all.
Mulch Over Them
As far as weed control techniques go, this is one of the most effective forms. By spreading mulch over the area that you intend to rid of weeds, you effectively block the weed seeds from getting any sunlight, which means they won’t germinate.
Mulch also holds many other benefits than just killing weeds. For instance, while inhibiting growth underneath itself, the covering of mulch helps to retain moisture in the ground. Also, it provides a lot of essential nutrients over time as it decomposes, and helps to moderate soil temperatures.
Simply spread a layer of mulch between the wanted plants in your garden to help prevent weeds from growing. Just remember to keep the mulch a distance of a few inches from each plant’s base in order to prevent rot and discourage insect invasions.
Chop Off Their Heads
If you cannot remove the weeds for some reason, your next best option is to lop off their heads. If you are dealing with annual weeds, cutting off their heads will buy you some time (a few weeks at least) before you have to deal with them again.
Also, by removing the tops of weeds such as these, you’re forcing them to use up their food reserves. Their root buds supply will be exhausted, thereby limiting the spread of the annoying plants. To remove weeds using this method, you’re going to need pruning loppers that will allow you to take down towering weeds.
Using Electric Weed Eater
If you’re dealing with a particularly large area, you may want to invest in an electric weed eater. This is a string trimmer that is equipped with a blade attachment for cutting prickly brambles or thistles down to nubs. It’s an extremely powerful and effective tool when it comes to clearing a garden full of weeds quickly and easily.
With a device such as this one, you will be able to cut down overgrown patches of weed patches in your garden in no time at all. This tool will also allow you to keep the edges of your lawn crisp, and it’s a convenient and invaluable addition to any gardener’s toolkit.
You’ll find many types that you can choose from, including the corded electric model, the gas-powered model, and the cordless trimmers. No matter which one you choose, there is no denying that a weed eater will take all the hard work and hassle out of maintaining a clean, weed-free garden.
Water Your Plants Discriminatory
Also known as drip irrigation, this process is where you only water the plants you want and avoid giving water to weeds in areas where they’re not welcome, such as paths and other un-planted areas.
Being able to water only the plants you want as opposed to everything, including the weeds, may mean more painstaking accuracy during watering, but your efforts to deprive the weeds of water will pay off over time.
One strategy you could use is to place a drip or soaker hose underneath the mulch to effectively irrigate plants while leaving the weeds thirsty. By depriving them of water, you reduce their seed germination by up to two thirds.
Reduce Open Space
For soil that is rich in nutrients and drains well, it’s always a good idea to get rid of open garden space wherever you can in order to cut down on weed growth. You can do this by positioning your plants closer together to choke out weeds emerging from the soil by shading them from the sun.
Minding the gaps between your plants is most effective when planned from the get-go. Rather than having scatterings of plants here and there in your garden, a better plan is to design with mass plantings and even drifts of plants that are closely spaced.
Keep Your Edges Trimmed
Have you ever noticed that a lot of weeds tend to collect at your garden or yard edges? By keeping your edges mowed, you will be better able to prevent weed invasions. However, it’s almost impossible to do a great job when using a lawnmower on your lawn edges, around posts, along fence lines, and close to your planting beds.
For these areas, you can use a trimmer that will more easily get to the weeds. Most trimmers are particularly useful for this type of job, especially if heavy rugged weeds have grown in.
Minimize Soil Disruption
Many gardeners believe that turning your soil at night helps to control weeds. However, according to research, weeds are stimulated to grow by sudden flashes of light. And that’s exactly what you’re giving them by turning your garden soil over during the daytime.
For this reason, it’s believed that turning the soil in the dark reduces weed germination. But while turning the soil at night might work, if you are unable to fully remove all the roots, your cultivation may do more harm than good
Although all this sounds like a great idea for those who love working at dusk, dawn or under the full moon, there is another school of thought that might benefit you. Some experts advise that it’s best to preserve natural soil layers as they are in order to help avoid exposing dormant weed seeds to air and light, thereby awakening them.
Plant Cover Crops
There are a lot of cover crops that you can plant that spread rather easily, such as wheat, barley, clover, and so on. These plants are generally beneficial and can be used in some situations as cover crops for blocking weeds.
An alternative to this method is to simply let the weeds grow…temporarily. By encouraging weeds to grow prior to planting your garden, you make it easier for you to get rid of them before planting your own crops.
All you have to do is to lay several sheets of clear plastic all over your garden during early spring in order to warm the soil for the weeds to germinate. When the weeds have grown a few inches above the ground, you can then pull them out – roots and stem, before moving your own plants into the garden.
As you’ve seen, there are many different strategies you can use to get rid of stubborn, unwanted plants from your garden without having to resort to dangerous chemicals. Choose from among hoes, hands, an electric weed eater, mulch, and any of the other effective strategies outlined in this article and you have a weed-free garden in no time!