Its mid-July as I write this blog post and I’ve been working diligently to keep weeds at bay in my own garden up till now but I’m losing interest in this project. I just want to benefit from the garden without having to work so hard continually. So now that your garden is well established how do you best keep those weeds from taking over?
Best Gardening Ideas for Keeping Weeds Controlled
I am the kind of gardener that likes my flat garden plot to be ground level and in nice rows. I do plan to have some raised beds eventually but that hasn’t happened yet. Either way, keeping weeds down can be done the same way as we do in our flower and shrub beds. With Mulch!! Mulch is that magic stuff that hold moisture in the soil and makes weeds easier to pull. The looser and more moisture in the soil, the easier weeds are to pull, right? So, try putting mulch in between the row after you have tilled or hoed them good. Tilling and hoeing loosen the soil and create some air pockets for moisture to go in. It will also allow for some of the small mulch we will add to get mixed into the soil.
What Kind Of Mulch?
Soil Pep or Conditioner can be found by different names. Many hardware stores have it in bags. This small ground wood product is either bark or small wood chips 1” or less. This makes an excellent mulch for putting on top of the soil. Then in the fall or next year when you till up the garden from the years produce, you can mix this soil pep right into the soil. It adds valuable organic matter to the soil and is small enough not to mess up your tiller. Small bark is also an option that will do the same thing. Small bark will naturally break up easily as you can walk on it in your garden rows while harvesting. The other great thing about either of these options is how it keeps mud from sticking to your shoes!! Of course you can get either product in bulk from our facility!