Aching back. Gnarled fingers. Blistered hands.
Sounds like somebody has a weed problem in their flower beds! You know there just has to be a better way to weed your flower garden.
There is no magic bullet that will kill all your weeds naturally, while sparing your beautiful flowers. However, using some imagination and thinking outside the box a bit will make that job considerably easier.
Prevention is the best medicine
There is no way to bring your risk of weeds down to 0%. But, you can minimize the chance of them taking root en masse in your flower bed.
Keeping the weeds from invading your flowers’ personal space to begin with will keep your job of weeding to a minimum.
If you are just preparing your flower beds for the first time you should solarize. Get yourself some clear plastic, about 2 millimeters thick. Spread that out over the beds and let the sun bake the soil for about 4 weeks. That will kill any seeds that are in the soil.
If you have already planted the beds and don’t want to bake off your flowers, then laying some cover on the bare ground between your flowers will create an environment that makes it difficult for a weed’s seeds to work it’s way into the soil.
Start with a few layers of newspaper. Not a bad way to get rid of all that bad news, eh?
Then, you’ll want to cover the newspaper layer with a good thick layer of mulch. Try to get at least 35 inches of it. Not just any mulch, though. Make sure it is a semicomposted mulch made of organic material. It isn’t cheap, but what will hurt the wallet will spare your back. [Read more…] about How to Weed a Flower Bed?