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When you have a garden weeding comes with it. There is the tender time between planting and the plants canopying that weeding is a daily job. It is the most tedious and possibly least rewarding part of gardening. However, it is the most important. Neglect the weeding you will not have a garden. Get the plants to the canopy stage and they can usually handle the few weeds that survive.
How do you keep up with all the weeds in that time? There are several strategies, to minimize weeding and keep the weeds manageable. Most of these strategies will work in both in ground gardens and raised beds.
First, plant close together. I know I’m telling you to break the rule on the packet. But seriously plant those rows close enough you can walk between them but that’s it. I usually do 1 foot max. As the plants grow the canopy will close off the sun to the ground between the rows and then weeds will not come up.
Second, mulch and mulch deep! This is not the 1-2 inches to keep water close, but 4-5 inches between the plants and rows. This keeps the weeds down and makes the few that do come up easy to pull.
Third, pick a small area and weed something every day. It doesn’t have to be a large space, but by weeding a little at a time it doesn’t become overwhelming.
For the larger areas that are more open, like in landscaping, there are a few options. The garden hoe works, but the weeds seem to just come back. You can use a strong vinegar and salt spray to knock the weeds back. You will still have to pull them out, but they will be easier to pull. I personally don’t like to spray chemicals to kill the weeds, but that is an option.
Another option is a weed burner. You can get handheld weed burner that literally burns the plant up. You can get electric, or propane powered ones. I prefer this method for my rock and patio areas.
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