The fact is that weeds can be quite a nuisance in the garden. They take over space where other, more desirable plants grow, and they are hard to get rid of if they become established. There are many different approaches to combating these invasive plants. The most popular one is pulling them out by hand so that they do not return next season.
Pulling weeds helps you maintain the look of your garden. Keeping your yard weed-free helps cut down on many gardening chores and keeps pests away from your garden. It allows you to see what has been growing in your garden, so you know what other kinds of plants or flowers you might want to add for the next planting season.
More on the benefits and possible considerations about weed pulling and eradication will be covered in the following sections.
Weeds and how to keep them off your garden and lawns
Weeds in the garden can grow up to 2 feet tall and are very difficult to remove. They produce a ton of seeds that spread quickly and have the ability to root into the soil. With that, it is almost impossible to remove them without using chemicals that could harm the environment and your pet.
A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows.Doug Larson
One of the easiest ways to keep weeds from taking over your garden is by pulling them out by hand as soon as they sprout from their roots.
While this may be the main topic of today’s article, we would also like to talk about how you can keep them at bay in the first place.
Healthy lawns keep weeds at bay
The best way to prevent weeds from growing in your yard is to keep your lawn healthy. You can apply grass seed and fertilizers, aerate the soil, and water it regularly.
Ensure that no weeds are left on your property, especially near the edges of sidewalks or driveways, because they can spread like wildfire and into your lawns.
It is necessary to do what you can to keep weeds from growing in your yard because they can eat up the nutrients in your soil and make it difficult for other plants to grow.
Look into using mulch to keep weeds from growing
One of the best ways to reduce weed growth is by using mulch, especially the leaf mulch variant. A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows.
Mulch will help control moisture and temperature and cover up the soil, which will make it difficult for weed seeds to get sunshine to grow and thrive. To ensure that you have a good grasp of mulch for weed prevention, I recently wrote an article on leaf mulch against weeds. It covers information about leaf mulching, its benefits and process, as well as possible alternatives you can do in place of leaf mulching.
If, however, you are reading this article to pull already pre-existing weeds and are looking for ways to do it properly, our next sections have got you covered.
What To Consider When Planning To Pull Weed
When you plan to pull weeds, it is necessary to consider the type of weed you have.
Short, non-viable stalks of weed are easier to pull, while tall or long-stalked weeds are more difficult to pull as there is no chance of them breaking off. It will be difficult to pull weeds.
It is necessary to consider the size and type of weed that you are pulling and the location, and different tools you might look into using for the process.
Before doing the weed pulling process, though, make sure that you are properly removing all of the roots or pieces, and consider watering your garden before or after weed pulling to prevent future growth.
Weeds Are Everywhere, but Does That Mean You Have To Pull Them?
We have talked about weed pulling and weeds themselves, but we really haven’t covered why we should even consider doing the arduous task in the first place?
As we have seen in our gardens, weeds take up space, steal nutrients, and provide hiding places for pests.
But the most detrimental effect of weeds is their ability to spread disease. The most common weed-borne disease include tomato spotted wilt virus and cucumber mosaic virus.
Weeds take and take from plants and your garden
Weeds compete with your plants for water and nutrients, which means they can inhibit the growth of your plants. All the effort that you make to boost your plant’s growth will be for nothing.
Weeds can be a bringer of diseases
Most people do not know that those weeds could carry harmful diseases into and out of your home. That is why it greatly benefits us to remove them.
Bacteria such as E-Coli and Salmonella can find their way into your meals from the products you buy at markets or the meat you grill on the backyard barbecue from said weeds.
Weeds can be a blessing or a curse, depending on its usage and conditions
Weeds grow in all sorts of environments and conditions, so it is often easy to find them.
Weeds are surprisingly beneficial for farmers to remove because they hold nutrients in the soil that crops need to grow.
When removed, you can use them for feeding the livestock, so it is often called the best friend of a gardener and worst enemy.
Some weeds are tougher than others to get rid of. These plants have extensive root systems, and these can break, causing new plants to spread. One such plant is Creeping Cinquefoil. The video below will give you practical examples of how to get rid of these hard-to-irradicate weeds.
The Benefits of Pulling the Weeds in Your Yard
Pulling weeds is not the most exciting chore, but it is a necessary one. Weeds compete with your plants for water and nutrients and can be harmful to kids and pets. Pulling them is also an environmentally friendly way to get rid of pests.
In this table below, we shall cover some of the benefits that can happen when you pull the weeds from your yard:
|Pulling weeds helps to improve the quality of your garden. It is an excellent way to keep your garden clear of any unwanted weeds that may choke out any other plants or crops in your garden.||Weed pulling also allows for better soil aeration and an increased chance of acquiring nutrients nearby.|
|It is necessary to pull weeds before they blossom because their flowers attract bees. When they do bloom, the bees get to spread their seeds to other spaces in your garden and cause more weed infestation.||Pulling weeds is an environmentally friendly way to get rid of pests such as slugs.|
The pulling weeds can also be taken on as a personal task. It is an inexpensive one and gives the doer some much-needed exercise. It will help relieve stress from other aspects of your life and provide an opportunity to destress.
Considerations for weed pulling
We have listed so many benefits above. However, just like most things, there will always be considerations to mull over when doing things, even with tasks that are as simple as pulling weeds.
- Pulling weeds takes time and patience.
- It is mindless labor with no payoff except getting rid of weeds for now-or until they come back, especially if you did the task haphazardly.
It is also essential to note that microscopic, dirt-dwelling creatures that can live in the soil near your weeds may get on your hands and clothes. These may cause allergies or skin irritation if you are sensitive to them. That is why it is essential to cover up.
Things To Know About Pulling Weeds
The best way to keep weeds from growing is to learn how they came into existence. Weeds are plants that grow in the wrong places. It is necessary to understand what causes weeds so that we can take preventative measures against them.
Weed seeds spread so easily due to many factors
Weed seeds can spread by the wind, bird droppings, or machinery traffic.
Weed seeds are hard to get rid of once they are outside your garden.
Some people believe that if you plant them in pots and keep them in the house, they will not grow, but this is not true. The weed will grow as long as there is sunlight and water nearby.
Weeds grow in any space, most especially your garden
Weeds are plants that grow in a place where they are not wanted. They typically grow, sometimes taking over desirable plants, and compete for resources.
People describe unwanted plants and the processes of their growth, such as seeds growing into new weeds.
Weed’s growth can be fast, which is why it is a challenge to remove them effectively
Weeds can grow as much as a foot a day. They grow fast, providing a challenge to homeowners and gardeners everywhere. While there are various ways to control weeds, it is necessary to know what kind of weed you have before acting.
How To Get Rid of Weeds Effectively in Your Garden
If you are not a fan of the idea of manual weed pulling, you do not have to do it anymore. You can reduce weed growth without pulling weeds.
One way of removing weeds is by using herbicides, which kill weeds by damaging their cells’ ability to produce energy, preventing new leaves from growing, and killing seeds before they germinate.
Another way is by cutting or pulling them out manually.
Things to use to prevent weed growth
Here are some ways to reduce weed growth:
|Things to use to prevent weed growth||What these benefits can do for weed control and eradication|
|Mulch||Mulching is a technique used to cover the ground with a layer of organic material such as straw, hay, leaves, or grass clippings. As mulch breaks down, it releases nutrients and forms a natural barrier that keeps weed roots from reaching the soil.|
Maintaining an even layer over the ground will suppress weed growth in that area.
|Newspapers||Put layers of newspaper on top of weeds and cover them with mulch or other light organic materials. The newspaper will help smother the weed as it decomposes over time.|
|Spade||Dig shallow trenches around weeds to sever their roots in dry soil areas and to cut off moisture from wet soil.|
|Weed Barrier Fabric||You can use plastic sheeting made out of fabric or old carpet pieces to create an instant barrier around your yard and keep weeds from growing.|
|Horticultural vinegar||Considered a herbicide. It is a very effective and powerful weed killer but must be used with proper planning, methods, and considerations, especially for your other plants.|
For the horticultural vinegar, it is extremely imperative that you only apply this as a solution and not in its pure form. You should mix it with water, salt, and other ingredients. To ensure that you do this process safely and don’t cause harm to yourself and your garden, I have recently written an article on killing weeds with vinegar. It covers the basics of knowing why vinegar is a good herbicide, how to make the solution yourself, and its application in your garden.
Conclusion on pulling weeds
All in all, we hope that this article has given you much to consider about weed pulling and the benefits and possible drawbacks of pulling them on your own, as they really do hamper the thriving process of your beloved plants.
Should it not be a task suited for you (yes, we admit this can be a really taxing and meticulous process, especially for those with larger garden spaces), you can always opt for herbicides and such, as stated up above.
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