They’re the boils on the neck of every serious gardener. Yep, you guessed it: weeds. Throughout the ages, we’ve tried everything we can do to get rid of them. We’ve pulled. We’ve dug. We’ve sprayed. We’ve mulched. We’ve applied pre-emergents and planted gardens in raised beds. Yet somehow or another, we always end up fighting the same battle. If you want to keep weeds to a minimum — and what gardener doesn’t — here are 6 things you need to know about weed control.
1. Go Easy on the Digging
Did you know that your garden is full of weed seeds, but only the top 2 inches or so will ever get enough light to start growing? For this reason, you need to keep digging to a minimum. Every time you dig, you let light in. The weed seeds you stir up toward the surface are now free to germinate. So only dig when and where you have to, and always mulch right afterward.