By Tammy Sons
Growth of unnecessary weeds is a common cause of concern for most of the gardeners. It is almost impossible to maintain a weed- free atmosphere in the garden as they tend to grow along with your plants. However, there are methods by which they can be controlled to a great extent.
The weeds can appear anywhere in the garden and they are mostly found in flower beds, vegetable patches, lawns and gravel areas. Weeds can potentially damage the entire look of your landscape and they also hamper the growth of your plants which makes it all the more important to remove them. Weeds directly compete with your plants and vegetables by utilizing essential nutrients from the soil that are meant for the growth of your plants. These unnecessary weeds can impact the quality and production of fruits and vegetable in your garden.
Weeds can be controlled by many different methods and the most important is one to prepare the site properly before growing plants. Weeds are mostly perennial or annual in nature and they can spread rapidly through rhizomes or seeds. Perennial weeds in an area should be destroyed before growing plants and vegetables.
Cultivation or hoeing is also a common method by which home gardeners remove weeds from the soil. This practice includes hand pulling weeds from the soil every now and then to maintain a weed free flower bed. Spreading mulches on ground near the plants is effective in controlling weed growth. Organic mulches like crushed corn cobs, hay, sawdust, wood chips and straw can be used for mulching. There are synthetic mulches also available in the market like black plastic, aluminum foil and polypropylene fabrics, etc. that can be used.
Herbicides or weedicides can be used if the weed growth is abnormally excessive. Herbicides are chemical in nature and can be potentially hazardous for the crops in used in large quantities. It is advisable to use only the recommended amount as per instructions so as to yield maximum results without causing any damage to your plants. Grow healthy plants in your garden so that they thrive well in all conditions. Good quality plants are less susceptible to damage thus they are great for home gardens.