I’ve really enjoyed posting more about gardening this year. It is such a passion of mine. It is right up there with DIY projects :) I’ve posted about controlling weeds in your garden before, but it was years ago and before I started my gardening series and many of you may have missed it. It made sense for this to be the next topic in the series since we have already talked about seed starting, garden planning & rotation, and my favorite gardening tools.
Weeds are the bane of any gardener’s existence, and just like most things in life, there are more than one way to deal with them.
Weed Cloth Or Mulch
For the first few years we lived here I used weed cloth to control the weeds in my vegetable garden. I started out using the black cloth that is a little more plastic like. I used metal U shaped stakes to keep the cloth in place. I reused the back cloth the next year to try to save money, but it really isn’t made to be reused I found. Then I tried the gray colored cloth which is much more like fabric. I didn’t like it as much. It torn more easily and the weeds grew more underneath it than the black stuff because it allowed more light to get through. The reason I ended up not using weed cloth any more is that it became too much of an expense. Our garden is 80 feet by about 25 feet and it took a lot of rolls to cover that much square footage especially since I had to buy it year after year. But if you have a small space, I recommend the black weed cloth for sure!
I know a lot of people who use mulch in between their rows. I tried that one year and it didn’t work well for me. I have such a large garden that it required a ton of mulch. It was also a pain to rake it all back up in the fall when I needed to till my garden in preparation for the next year. Be careful if you chose straw or hay for your type of much. It can germinate causing a whole new problem.
If you have a small garden and don’t mind the clean up when you are done, then mulch does do a great job of keeping the weeds out.
Tilling or Hoeing
I now own a small tiller that can till in between rows. I make sure and plant things so they are 10-12 inches apart so I can maneuver the tiller through all the rows. It is so nice! As long as I don’t go too long in between each tilling, the weeds are small enough to do a quick run through and I am done. I do it every time we mow. If you wait too long, some weeds may be too big and you will either have to hoe ot pull them.
If you have a smaller garden, a tiller may be a bit of an overkill. You can get away with just a hoe. Again, you will want to do it often enough that the weeds are still small and then it will be easier and faster to attack them. A hoe always you to stay standing and lessens the pain associated with bending, kneeling, and squatting.
I am in love with this product. No, this is not a sponsored post in any shape way or form (although I only do sponsored posts for products I love…). I heard about this product from a friend years ago and have used it faithfully ever since. It is my secret weapon. I also use it in my flowers beds and my secret garden.
You sprinkle the granules in your garden and it prevents new weeks from germinating. If you have planted your garden from seeds, you will have to wait until they are a few inches tall at least before applying this for the first time.
If there are existing weeds (even weeds that you tried to pull out that some of the weed or root stayed) it will not kill them. It only prevents new ones from sprouting.
There is a regular formula and an organic formula. I have used both and they both are awesome. One thing to note, the organic needs to be applied once a month while the regular version is good for 3 months.
(Preen Weed Preventer– affiliate)
There are a lot of different options when it comes to controlling your weeds. I would love to hear what has worked for you and what size of gardens you have! Have you planted your yet for this year?