Summer is officially upon us, and for gardeners, that means it’s the season where everything is in bloom. But, when we say “everything” is in bloom, we mean everything. Unfortunately, that also applies to weeds. What was supposed to be a summer full of enjoying yourself tending to your beautiful garden can quickly become a frustrating battle of constantly tending to weeds. While there are plenty of herbicides you can use in your garden, both synthetic and organic, there are also plenty of natural ways to treat the weeds in your garden this summer. Here’s a look at a few of them.
The first step to preventing weeds in your garden this summer is to kill any existing weeds that might already be there. Before you plant new seeds in your summer garden, by some cheap plastic sheeting from the hardware store and lay it down over your planting area. The plastic will create a greenhouse effect that will essentially burn up any sprouting new weeds, as well as many other harmful garden bacteria. It’s vital to make sure your region has enough sunlight to generate the heat needed to kill the weeds.
When you’re ready to plant, start by laying down some weed-prevention fabric in any raised garden beds, as well as in the rows you plan to walk on between plants and vegetables in your main garden. Make sure when you add mulch to your gardens, you’re using material that is completely weed-free. It also helps to add some synthetic material to your mulch, such as newspaper and cardboard. You can also throw in some wet grass clippings.
A vital component to preventing weeds throughout the summer is keeping the quality of your soil as high as possible. Having a good amount of organic material, minimal rocks, and adequate drainage is all vital to keeping weeds from taking hold.
Finally, it’s vital that you provide the correct nourishment for plants you’re trying to grow. Add the appropriate chemicals as needed to maintain the right soil pH balance and amount of organic material. The bottom line is that if the soil is perfectly conducive to growing your wanted plants, it’ll be much more difficult for the unwanted weeds to grow.