Welcome back to Time-Saving Tuesday!!
If you are getting your gardens ready to plant, or want to keep those nasty weeds out of your garden, this post is for you!!
I have a TON of flower gardens around my house. I truly enjoy them, but I have to admit, they are work to keep up with. My goal is to prevent weeds from spouting before I have to think about killing and pulling!! I have tried every weed prevention product on the market over the years, and I’m going to share with you what I found for the best weed prevention. I hope these weed prevention tips will not only save you time, but money as well!! Note:
I tried using just mulch around my flowerbeds. It looks beautiful, but as far as weed prevention, it’s not so pretty. I had grass and weeds growing up in no time! I found myself weeding every 3 or 4 days. Not the weed control I had in mind. Grade: A for beauty, F for prevention
Weed Control Landscape Fabric (Note: I tried both the plastic and paper type and found the same results)
I tried this landscape fabric a few years ago. I followed the directions, and used it on almost all of my gardens. I was sure this was the best product out there. I put it down around my flowers and bushes and topped it with mulch. It started out great, but by the end of the summer, I had grass and weeds growing right through it in every garden. I kept up with weeding throughout the summer, but this fabric was a nightmare. The weeds would get tangled in the mesh, and I couldn’t get down to the roots of most of them. The following spring I saw bigger patches of grass and weeds growing through it so I tried to rip it all out. That was not an easy task!! The grass and weeds were tangled in it, and it was a huge mess. Grade: F for wasting my time, and another F for the time I wasted ripping it all out!
I hate to use chemicals of any kind on my plants and flowers, but I was desperate. Most of my gardens are in full sun all day, making the soil not so fun to work with, and my weeds even harder to pull. I put down a pre-emergent herbicide, and then topped it off with my usual mulch. I then added a fertilizer with weed prevention. Perfect prevention right? Not so much. It worked for a month or so, and then here came the weeds. I couldn’t believe it. It stated right on both containers that it should last 3 months. It was an expensive option that didn’t have the payoff I was expecting. I did consider buying more, but I still had to pull the weeds that were already sprouting and taking over. Grade: C (It did seem to work for a few weeks)
I read about using newspaper as a weed barrier, and thought I’d give it a try since it was practically free. I tried it on two gardens. I used about 4-5 sheets over the area, and covered it with mulch. I watered it to keep it down. It does want to fly away so keep stones or water it down a bit to keep in place until you put the mulch down. I did my usual weeding of my other gardens over the next few weeks, and noticed there weren’t any weeds in these two gardens with the newspaper. I figured it wouldn’t last, but I was wrong! It lasted for months, and the only weeds I saw were coming from the little area around the plant I didn’t cover. Amazing!! And super cheap! Who would’ve thought this option would beat the expensive stuff? It will eventually decompose into the ground so it will need to be replaced after a couple years. Grade: so far an A (very few weeds and inexpensive)
Happy gardening! I would love to hear your gardening tips! Check out some gardening tips from Marissa here.
If you missed last week’s Time-Saving Tuesday, check it out here.