TIPS FOR CONTROLLING WEEDS
- Avoid planting into weedy beds! Remove weeds before they go to seed.
- Do not leave soil bare: Cover it with desirable plants and mulch so weeds have fewer opportunities to get a toehold.
- When you see a weed, remove it – now. It’s easier to pull or hoe out small weeds than big deep rooted ones. Weeds are easier to remove when the soil is moist.
- Keep grass clippings away from garden beds. Lawn grass forms lots of seeds during certain times of the year, so don’t shoot clippings into your beds when mowing!
- Use mulch for controlling weeds over the long term. Layer 2-3 inches of mulch, it will keep the weeds down and if they do manage to poke through, it’s easier to pull it out when rooted in mulch than when well anchored in the soil.
BENEFITS OF USING MULCH
- One of the best benefits of mulch is its ability to retain moisture in the soil.
- Organic mulches break down over time and contribute to soil health – especially beneficial if your soil fertility is poor.
- Controls weed growth by blocking out the light their seeds need to germinate.
- Keeps plants cool in the summer and protected in the winter.
- Protection against soil erosion.
BENEFITS OF COMPOST IN THE GARDEN
There are SO many reason why compost is beneficial to your garden, so we will just touch on a few to get you thinking! Most importantly – compost will improve the quality of almost any soil by enhancing the structure and texture of the soil, enabling it to better retain nutrients, moisture and air for the betterment of plants.
Soil structure refers to how inorganic particles (sand, silt, clay) combine with decayed organic particles (compost). Soil with good structure has a crumbly texture, drains well, retains some moisture and air.
You don’t need to be a gardening expert to know if you have healthy soil, but those are key attributes to look for – often our plants or veggie gardens will tell us the condition of the soil.
Give the Nutrients a Garden Wants
Using compost reduces the need for chemical fertilizers! Who doesn’t love that! Compost combined with mulch will break down and create the wonderful organic matter a garden with poor fertility needs.
Compost will release nutrients slowly so they don’t leach away as some synthetic fertilizers do. So if your plants seem “sad” and your veggies won’t grow big and strong, try adding compost to the mix, it could be as simple as that!
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