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Tips for Flowerbeds & Gardens

Keep your flowerbeds and gardens healthy by using the following maintenance practices.

  • Prevent Weed Seeding. Do not let weeds seed in your gardens. Remove weeds before they mature to limit work down the road.
  • Remove Unwanted Weed Seedlings. Learn to recognize weed seedlings and eliminate them before they become established.
  • Spread Mulch. A 3 to 6 cm (1.5 to 2.5") thick layer of mulch (shredded leaves or fine wood bark/chips) can keep sunlight from reaching weeds and preventing them from germinating. Apply mulch immediately after weeding or digging in the soil. Keep mulch away from established plant stems to prevent rot, and if you mulch using compost material, enjoy the benefit of fertilizing your lawn at the same time. Mulch application also works to limit soil water losses to evaporation by shading soils from the intense summer sun.
  • Use Corn Gluten Meal. Corn Gluten Meal has been demonstrated to be an effective suppressant of broadleaf germination. It also serves as a fertilizer as it breaks down.
  • Densely Plant. Grow desired plants in your garden close together. Through this practice, plants will use available space, nutrients, and sunlight which provides too much competition for weeds to establish.
  • Pull. Although many weeds are easily removed, if the deep roots of perennial weeds (such as Dandelion) are left behind, then another plant will eventually sprout. Special weeding tools are widely available that can make the job much easier.
  • Moist Soil Weeding. Do your weeding after a soaking rain. You will be surprised how easy it is to remove those otherwise impossible-to-pull Dandelions and Broadleaf Plantains!