Ways to Stop Weeds that Work

| 7/15/2016 10:16:00 AM

Candi Johns


Arrrrg. I love my gardens. I love my flowers. I love my containers overflowing with flowers, but I hate weeds.

It seems like weeding is just a part of life. Well, it doesn't have to be.

I've been growing food, flowers, pastures and landscaping for ... ever, and I've tried almost all of the weed stopping tips. Here's the best weed prevention, blocking and removing techniques I've found.

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7/16/2016 10:49:29 PM

Candi, my method is to use old carpet. I lay it down over the ground. Carpet doesn't really deteriorate. I've had some for five years and still no sign of deterioration. It blocks most of the weeds but some do pop up through the weave. When that happens I flip the carpet over and it's good for another year or two before the weeds start to come up through the carpet again. For the open space for pumpkins and such, I use vacant lot grass clippings. Vacant lots don't have any chemical applications to worry about. When I lay it on the ground I split the yard waste bag length wise and lay it out flat. The contents are spread out over the bag to a depth of about four inches deep. In the fall the entire garden get a grass/leaf mulch over its entirety. Any weed that does come up is very easy to pull roots and all. ***** I like the idea of living mulch and will be experimenting with that. ***** Have a great mulching day. Your gardens are awesome.