Monday, April 4, 2016

Garden Maintenance: Dealing with Weed Overgrowth

Being a long-term danger on many gardens, weed overgrowth starts with the first weed where its species reproduce quickly. It won’t take long before they take over your entire lawn or yard, leaving your well-trimmed grass, shrubs, and trees without ample soil nutrients. Here’s how to combat or remedy weed issues.

Spotting Weed Infestations Ahead of Time

There are multiple ways to kill weeds before they sprout, provided that you spot them early on. Watering deeply and infrequently discourages most weeds, for example. It is equally important to thoroughly inspect your garden regularly and spot weeds to know if an infestation is on the horizon. This way, you can take action whilst things are still manageable.

Cutting Weeds as Early as Possible

Since weeds constantly battle and compete with other plants, one weed growing can invite others and take over your garden. Cut weeds as early as possible, and you will prevent unsightly weed overgrowth. Some weeds, such as ground ivy, favour darkness and dampness. Watch out for these weeds as a sign your garden needs more general care, such as better lighting or aeration.

What are some tips to follow when dealing with overgrowth?

Dealing with an existing overgrowth infestation entails a lot of work, but it would be worth it in the end. You need to remove debris, mark plants you want to keep around, trim the existing weeds with a weed cutter, and then mow it all down more than once.

After that, you need to wash and heal the soil to prevent future infestations. If it gets to this point, hiring a garden maintenance specialist is best, both in the short- and long-term.

An Ounce of Prevention, a Pound of Cure

By following the tips above, namely cutting weeds down before they grow, and performing regular garden maintenance, you can prevent overgrowth even if a few weeds do appear despite precautions.


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