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WEEDS! – WHO HAS TIME FOR WEEDS?

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Who Has Time For Weeds? Not me that’s for sure!
I’m sure there are better things all of us could be doing besides weeding our gardens. They even make special tools just for weeding. Like the Uproot Weed and Root Remover*, the Hula-Ho*, and theCobraHead Weeder*. Or just the plain old Hoe*. But wouldn’t it be better just to eliminate them to begin with? I saw that eye roll and heard that “yeah right” under your breath. And you are right, you can’t eliminate them. But you can cut down on them a lot!

One thing to note. Plants live on light, so covering them with any material that blocks out that light will cause them to die.

WHAT ARE SOME WAYS OF GETTING RID OF THOSE PESKY WEEDS?

1) Mulch – straw, hay, wood chips, grass clippings, leaves, and pine needles. Make sure you put down a nice thick layer. This helps keep away weeds, moderates temperatures, holds in moisture, limits evaporation, and reduces splash on plant leaves keeping them cleaner and reducing fungi. As a bonus mulch naturally composts in place putting humus back into the soil. There is a great article about hay mulching here. Jill puts down 8 inches of hay on her garden.

2) Newspapers – Put down a thick layer of newspaper on top of your soil. You will need to add a thin layer of mulch to keep it in place, but newspaper is a great weed barrier. Prepare your beds, put yourcompost on and your worm casings then put your soaker hose down before you put your newspaper down. That insures your plants get watered, but the weed seeds that land on top, don’t. Then just tear a small hole in the paper where you want to place a plant or seed. By the end of the season it will mostly be decomposed and it too will add humus to your soil.

3) Plastic – Like newspaper, it is a great weed barrier. However at the end of the season you will need to pull it off and throw it away. It does have added benefits of warming your soil if you want to start your garden early or you live in a cool climate.

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