Effective Tips for Less Weeding

Depending on the size and type of garden, weeding is a recurring act. Addressing this recurring act must be your priority throughout the year. Especially when spring is pointing the tip of its nose. Alternative solutions can replace this rather dull and tiring task: setting up a natural or mineral mulching, sowing of a wild meadow, use of adapted equipment, creation of beds, setting up slabs.

Ban the chemicals or pesticide weedkillers which will not eliminate unwanted weeds, which will return soon after, and, in two, destroy the activity of your soils and pollute your water tables. With rain, the products will move and contaminate parts of the garden that are yet to undergo treatment. Your vegetable garden that is not far away could be touched, and your vegetables too.

1. The right equipment

The tiller or tiller will disturb your soil and easily dislodge unwanted grass for large areas. Otherwise, you can still do it by hand in small and narrow spaces. The old methods are always the best. Use your hoes!

2. Mulching

It protects and nourishes your soil. There are different types of mulching:

  • Vegetal

It can consist of walnut hulls, chestnut or hazelnuts, chips or barks of wood, straw, dead leaves, lawn mowing, grinding of plants (BRF), or aged compost. This type of compost is biodegradable. In addition to avoiding the development of weeds, it will feed your soil by decomposing. To renew regularly, adapt your kind of compost according to your space. If you are sure of the path, you can also opt for decorative elements of small caliber, to facilitate walking. However, to cover planted areas, you can use everything. The thicker your diaper is, the more nutrients your land will be fed and the less weeding processes we need. The mulch will stop the light and therefore will not cross the earth. This will reduce the arrival of plants.

  • Mineral

It consists of pebbles, gravel, pozzolana, slate shavings… You can vary the colors and size of your materials to create rhythm and nuance to your garden. However, the best mulching for your plants remains the natural. You can use mineral mulching for pedestrian spaces, courtyards, patios…

3. Create clumps of perennials and/or shrubs.

Unwanted plants will be less visible if your clumps are dense and varied.  They will also be less obvious for weeding, but more camouflaged, weeds will make your life less stressful.

4. Create flowering meadows

Why do you need weeding at all costs? Sow meadow for beautiful green and colorful expanses in areas with mild and rainy weather. After that, all herbs will be confused, and you will be less exhausted by long crouching sessions!

5. Dull your paths

For less fatigue, install slabs and fixed stones or just placed on the ground, of all sizes on your small paths or trails. Moreover, you will punctuate your garden with Japanese steps surrounded by gravel and paved paths. It’s up to you to see what will work best according to your tastes and your budget. This trick has the advantage of keeping your feet clean and dry, even after a terrible rain!

6. The gardening fabric

It is a tarpaulin or a porous synthetic or natural film (burlap or coconut) anti-grass, visible mainly on the slopes. Lay the tarp before planting your flowers. Remember to provide openings. However, keep in mind that this material will not feed your soil because it will limit the intake of organic matter and water. Also, consider covering it with a natural mulch to hide its unattractive plastic appearance. To avoid wasting time and money, I advise you to use, from the start, a good layer of natural mulching.

7. Thermal weeding

Another useful way to avoid the use of chemical pesticides. This weeding technique is used in organic farming, sometimes in schoolyards to avoid poisoning children and also to clean paths, walls and curbs. A source of radiant heat will kill the aerial part of the plant. This tool is easy and quick to use, the gas bottle can be worn in the back or pulled on a cart. On average, plan for eight trips in the year. Material is more expensive than a chemical weed killer, but for a result so much healthier for our health and our garden. Do not hesitate, find out from professionals to know the price range.

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