Weed Control Facts - Winning the Battle of the Weeds

 


Article by: Michael McGroarty

Keeping your landscape , Soil Erosion Control plantings, flower , Gift Ideas for Bird Lovers beds, and nursery crops free of weeds , Seeding a Lawn is a battle, but if you approach it with a strategic plan, , A Guide for Servicing Your Chainsaw you will prevail. In order to develop a plan, , Teak Furniture for Your Garden: Add a Touch of Something Spectacular you first must understand how weeds , Theme Gardens work, and what kind of weeds , Buy Cheap Flowers Online you are dealing with.

Basically weeds grow , ing Roses - The Guide for Fans of Roses either from seed, , Growing Tea Herbs for Fun or Profit or they reproduce from their roots. , Types Of Orchids As the roots , Herb Farming Is A Profitable Business grow outward from the parent plant, , Ginseng Benefits new plants , How to Choose a Snow Blower for Your Garden sprout up from the lateral roots, , Garden Pond Construction creating more parent plants , Caring For Tropical And Exotic Flowers and the process continues and the weeds , Wood Sheds thrive. Weeds , Caring For Tropical And Exotic Flowers that tend to reproduce from the root , No Dig Gardens - How to Build One are usually more difficult to control.

Weed control facts? Weeds , The Care of Cattleya Orchids are plants, , Fleur De Lotus: Purity in a Sullied World and they function just like the desirable plants , Soil Erosion Control in your yard. , Rose Planting - Tips and Advice They need water, , Ginseng Benefits sunlight, and nutrition to survive. Of these three key survival needs, the easiest one for a gardener to eliminate is sunlight. Through proper mulching you can eliminate the sunlight.

But first, let's look at the steps you should go through before you mulch, then we'll discuss the best mulching techniques to use. In order for your weed , Herb Farming Is A Profitable Business control efforts to be truly effective, you should do everything in your power , The Flower Drying Game - Part 2: Sand or Glycerin? to make your gardens , The Flower Drying Game - Part 2: Sand or Glycerin? as weed , Gardening for Birds Part 2 free as possible before you plant , Why Teak Furniture is the Better Choice or mulch. There are a couple of ways you can go about this, either organically or with chemicals. I don't like using chemicals, but I do use them for weed , Abatement and Confronting Legitimate Issues control, and I use them for pest , Growing Roses - The Guide for Fans of Roses control when necessary.

I'll discuss organic , Seeding a Lawn control first. The first thing you should do is remove all unwanted vegetation from your planting area. Using a hoe, spade or other digging device, undercut the roots , Are Robotic Lawn Mowers Safe? and remove the undesirable plants, , Wood Sheds roots , Choose the Right Outdoor Bench that Suits Both You and Your Garden and all. Then you should work the soil , Your Rose Garden Planting by rototilling or turning the soil , Erosion Control by hand.

Once worked, let the soil , How to Grow Sweet Corn sit for four days or so, and work it again. Keep doing this over and over as long as time permits. This process serves two purposes. It brings the roots , The Best Fertilizing Tips For A Green Healthy Lawn that were left in the soil , Wood Sheds close to the surface so they can be dried by the sun, , Silk Palm Trees which will make them non-viable, and it disturbs the weed , No Dig Gardens - How to Build One seeds that have started to germinate, which makes them non-viable as well. The longer you continue this process the more weeds , Seeding a Lawn you are eliminating from your garden. , The Flower Drying Game - Part 2: Sand or Glycerin?

Weed control facts? Depending on the time of the year, there are a few billion weed , Your Rose Garden Planting seeds drifting through the air , Annuals For Shade at any given time, so to think that you can eventually rid a garden , Pond Supplies - A Must For Your Pond of weed , Seeding a Lawn seed is false thinking, but at least this process is effective for the remaining roots, , Lawnmowers and How to Save Work Installing Synthetic Turf on Tennis Courts which are the most difficult to control.

With that process complete, go ahead and plant , Why Teak Furniture is the Better Choice your garden. , Rose Planting - Tips and Advice When you're done planting you can either mulch the bed, , Outdoor Furniture Cushion Replacement- Redesign Your Outdoor Space or keep turning the soil , Silk Palm Trees on a weekly basis to keep it free of weeds. , A Guide for Servicing Your Chainsaw Most people opt to mulch. Not only does mulch help to control the weeds, , Wedding Flowers but if you select a natural , Ginseng Benefits mulch it also adds organic , Seeding a Lawn matter to the soil , Erosion Control which makes for better gardening , Teak Furniture for Your Garden: Add a Touch of Something Spectacular results down the road.

Before mulching you can spread newspaper (7-9 layers thick) over the soil , Weathervanes - Monitor your Wind Direction with Beauty! and place , Herb Farming Is A Profitable Business the mulch over top of that. The newspaper will block the sunlight from reaching the surface of the soil , Teak Furniture for Your Garden: Add a Touch of Something Spectacular and help to keep weed , The Best Fertilizing Tips For A Green Healthy Lawn growth to a minimum. The newspaper will eventually decompose, and not permanently alter the make up of your garden. , Seeding a Lawn Paper grocery bags also work well, so the next time you hear, "Paper or Plastic?", you'll know how to , Silk Palm Trees answer.

What about black plastic, , Choosing the Right Sprinkler System or the weed , Water Gardens barrier fabric sold at garden , Ornamental Aluminum Fences centers? I don't like either and I'll tell you why. For one, neither one of them ever go away, and the make up of your garden , How to Make a Weed Dabber is forever altered until you physically remove them, which is a real pain in the butt.

Weed control facts? Plastic , Annuals For Shade is no good for the soil , Barefoot at the Cottage because soil , Colour in the Garden needs to breath. Plastic , Choosing the Right Sprinkler System blocks the transfer of water , Types Of Orchids and oxygen, and eventually your soil , Weathervanes - Monitor your Wind Direction with Beauty! will suffer, as will your garden. , Gift Ideas for Bird Lovers It's all right to use plastic , Caring For Tropical And Exotic Flowers in a vegetable garden , Teak Furniture for Your : Add a Touch of Something Spectacular as long as you remove it at the end of the season , Some Favorite Garden Bulbs and give the soil , Outdoor Furniture Cushion Replacement- Redesign Your Outdoor Space a chance to breath.

Weed barrier fabrics allow the soil , Ornamental Aluminum Fences to breath, but what happens is that when you mulch over top of the fabric, which you should because the fabric is ugly, the mulch decomposes and becomes topsoil. Weeds , Choose the Right Outdoor Bench that Suits Both You and Your Garden love topsoil, and they will grow , Silk Palm Trees like crazy in it. Only problem is, they are growing , Gardening for Birds Part 2 on top of the fabric, and you are stuck with a ton of problems, like a weedy garden, , Wedding Flowers and a major job of trying to remove the fabric that is now firmly anchored in place , Silk Palm Trees because the weeds , Choose the Right Outdoor Bench that Suits Both You and Your Garden have rooted through it.

Weed fabric is also porous enough that if an area becomes exposed to the sunlight, enough light , Abatement and Confronting Legitimate Issues will peek through and weeds , Dangers in the Garden: Animals below the fabric will grow, , Abatement and Confronting Legitimate Issues pushing their way through the fabric. I don't like the stuff. I've removed miles of it from landscapes , Pond Supplies - A Must For Your Pond for other people because it did not work as they had expected.

Weed control facts? Controlling weeds , Ginseng Benefits with chemicals is fairly easy, and very effective if done properly. I know that many people don't approve of chemical weed , Buy Cheap Flowers Online controls, but millions of people use them, so I might as well tell you how to , Annuals For Shade get the most effect using them.

There are two types of chemical weed , The Best Fertilizing Tips For A Green Healthy Lawn controls, post-emergent, and pre-emergent. In a nutshell, a post-emergent herbicide kills weeds , Growing Roses - The Guide for Fans of Roses that are actively growing. , The Flower Drying Game - Part 2: Sand or Glycerin? A pre-emergent prevents weed , Growing Roses - The Guide for Fans of Roses seeds from germinating. Of the post- emergent herbicides there are both selective and non-selective herbicides. A selective herbicide is like the herbicides that are in weed-and-feed type lawn , Caring For Tropical And Exotic Flowers fertilizers. The herbicide will kill broad leaf weeds , You Can Grow Your Own Herb Garden - Part 5 in your lawn, , Outdoor Furniture Cushion Replacement- Redesign Your Outdoor Space but it doesn't harm the grass. , Choosing the Right Sprinkler System

One of the most popular non-selective herbicides is Round-up®, it pretty much kills any plant , A Guide for Servicing Your Chainsaw it touches. Rule number one. Read the labels and follow the safety , Theme Gardens precautions!!! Round-up® is very effective if used properly, but first you must understand how it works.

Round-up® must be sprayed on the foliage of the plant, , Weathervanes - Monitor your Wind Direction with Beauty! where it is absorbed, then translocated to the root , Weathervanes - Monitor your Wind Direction with Beauty! system where it then kills the plant. , Water Gardens It takes about 72 hours for the translocation process to completely take place, , Growing Vegetables and Fruit by Organic Gardening so you don't want to disturb the plant , Dangers in the Garden: Animals at all for at least 72 hours after it has been sprayed.

After 72 hours you can dig, chop, rototill, and pretty much do as you please because the herbicide has been translocated throughout the plant. , Fleur De Lotus: Purity in a Sullied World The manufacture claims that Round-up® does not have any residual effect, which means that you can safely plant , Growing Roses - The Guide for Fans of Roses in an area where Round-up® has been used. However, I would not use it in a vegetable garden , Water s without researching further.

No residual effect also means that Round-up® has no effect whatsoever on weed , How to Grow Sweet Corn seeds, so there is absolutely no benefit to spraying the soil. , Herb Farming Is A Profitable Business Only spray the foliage of the weeds , How to Make a Dabber you want to kill. Be careful of over spray drifting to your desirable plants. , Why Teak Furniture is the Better Choice To prevent spray drift I adjust the nozzle of my sprayer so that the spray droplets are larger and heavier, and less likely to be carried by the wind. I also keep the pressure in the tank lower by only pumping the tank a minimum number of strokes. Just enough to deliver the spray.

Buy a sprayer that you can use as a dedicated sprayer for Round-up® only. Never use a sprayer that you have used for herbicides for any other purpose. Once you have sprayed the weeds, , Colour in the Garden waited 72 hours and then removed them, you can go ahead and plant. , Herb Farming Is A Profitable Business Mulching is recommended as described above. To keep weed , A Guide for Servicing Your Chainsaw seeds from germinating you can apply a pre-emergent herbicide.

Depending on the brand, some of them are applied over top of the mulch, and some are applied to the soil , How to Grow Sweet Corn before the mulch is applied. A pre-emergent herbicide creates a vapor barrier at the soil , Weathervanes - Monitor your Wind Direction with Beauty! level that stops weed , Annuals For Shade seed germination, and can be very effective at keeping your gardens , Buy Cheap Flowers Online weed free. They usually only last about 5 or 6 months and need to be re-applied.

Visit a full service garden , Are Robotic Lawn Mowers Safe? center and seek the advice , Ginseng Benefits of a qualified professional to select the pre-emergent herbicide that will best meet your needs. Never use a pre-emergent herbicide in your vegetable garden, , Choose the Right Outdoor Bench that Suits Both You and Your and be careful around areas where you intend to sow grass , The Best Fertilizing Tips For A Green Healthy Lawn seed. If you spill a little in an area where you intend to plant grass, , Seeding a Lawn the grass , How to Choose a Snow Blower for Your Garden will not grow. , Gift Ideas for Bird Lovers They really do work.

That's what I know about weed , Barefoot at the Cottage control. Read this article several times. Your success depends on getting the sequence of events correct.

Michael J. McGroarty is the author of this article. Visit his most interesting website, http://www.freeplants.com and sign up for his excellent gardening , Ginseng Benefits newsletter.  Article provided by http://gardening-articles.com


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