Do weeds drive you nuts every year when you garden? Truthfully, I love gardening, but I hate weeds. It can take the joy right out of gardening.
But what can we do about it? Weeds are merely a part of gardening, right?
Well, yes and no. Weeds are something you have to deal with in the garden, but you can control them. It took me a few years gardening to figure out the best methods, but I’ve learned a few tricks and wanted to share them.
Here is what you need to know about controlling weeds in your garden:
What is Weed Control?
When tending to your garden, weed control is one of your top priorities. It’s important because weeds will steal nutrients, water, and sunlight from the plants you want in your garden.
Weed control is the act of ridding weeds from your garden. It sounds simple, but it can be difficult.
The more weeds you have, the less happy your plants are going to be. For this reason, you need to pay close attention to the weeds popping up in your garden. Below is a list of methods to control the weeds in your garden.
Hopefully, you’ll find some idea to help you maintain a gorgeous garden and keep weeds under control.
How to Control Your Weeds
1. Wheat and Corn Are Friends to Your Garden
If you’re planning on growing tomatoes or squash in your garden during the summer growing season, you should consider this before winter.
In fact, if you plant wheat or corn as a cover crop during the winter, this can help control weeds around your tomatoes and squash.
We did this one year by accident. I grew fodder to feed our animals, and at times, we’d throw leftover fodder out on our garden. I should mention we grew fodder from wheat.
Wherever the wheat sprouted, we didn’t have weeds. My thought process is because the wheat grows close together, it smothers out the weeds.
However, if you grow wheat over the winter, it dies off before you plant your tomatoes or squash but has killed the weed seeds in the process.
2. Mulch Can Be Helpful
I’ll be the first to tell you; I don’t recommend growing a no-dig garden. My reason is the soil becomes much richer which is excellent for plants.
However, it also becomes better for weeds too. It takes a ton of organic matter and wood chips to smother them out.
But if you put thick layers of mulch around plants which are already planted, it would require less mulch and should be enough to keep the weeds down around your plants.