Imagine a world where you never have to deal with a single weed in your garden again…
I can’t give you that whole world, but here are my 5 top tips that will help you keep your weeds under control.
The most basic definition of a weed is a plant growing where it isn't wanted.
1. Banish Bare Earth
One of my simplest tips is to ensure all garden beds are covered with plants. Bare ground is a magnet for weeds, so fill your beds out with plenty of plants.
An easy and cost effective way to do this is with the use of groundcovers. Groundcovers create a carpet on the earth, and make it difficult for weeds to take hold. New Zealand native varieties can be a good choice, as they often naturally suit Auckland weather conditions.
2. Mulch Heavily
Mulch all planted soil, laying it on 10cm thick. Not only does a generous layer of mulch conserve soil moisture, any weeds that do manage to push their way up will be much weaker and therefore easier to pull out.
You can also put down a thick layer of newspaper, cardboard or natural fiber carpet.
3. Never Walk Past A Weed
Be persistent. To maintain a weed-free garden you need to keep at it.
Remove opportunistic weeds as soon as you spot them. Small weeds are a lot easier to shift – pull little ones out by hand, or dig out with a fork, removing roots and all.
Inspect your garden beds at least every other day. This makes weeding a lot less daunting than allowing for the weeds to take over.
4. Keep Weedkiller To Hard Surfaces
To keep brick paths and paved patios weed-free for up to one year with just one application, try using a long-acting herbicide, such as McGregor’s Path and Patio or Kiwicare’s Weed Weapon Long Term.
We advise that you don’t apply weedkiller to your garden beds. This is because the plant’s root systems need a balance of bacteria, fungi and minerals in the soil. Weedkillers can alter the balance of nutrients in the soil, affecting the plants health. This can make them more prone to pathogens and parasites.
5. Equip Yourself With The Right Tools
To ensure you are weeding as efficiently and effectively as possible, supply yourself with the right tools.
My favourite weeding tool is the Niwashi Cultivator, as it allows for you to clear spaces quickly and get into those hard to reach areas.
I also recommend serrated knives, and weed hooks.
For those of you who may suffer from back and knee pain, you may like to try a Torpedo Hoe or Stirrup Hoe.
Following these 5 simple tips will help you to establish a weed free garden and save you from spending hours trying to keep your garden under control.
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