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4 Tips to Prevent Weeds in the Garden

Keep your plants happy and healthy with these must-dos

Photography: Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions

When maintaining your garden, it isn't enough that you keep pests away and that you keep your tools organized. You should also be on the lookout for weeds that can destroy your plants. Weeds tend to steal sunlight, space, water, and nutrients which are the basic necessities of your greens. If left unsolved, these weeds can cause bigger problems. Prevent its growth with these helpful tips.

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Nip the problem in the bud

Before planting, water the soil then cover it for several days with plastic film (similar to garbage bags). This allows germination of weed seeds in the soil but denies them the sunlight that they need to survive. Make sure to keep it covered until the young weeds are dead.

Check new plants

Weeds may also come from newly introduced plants, tucked away in the soil, and eventually finding their way into your garden. To prevent this from happening, check the plants you purchase if there are any signs of weeds. Purchase plants from reputable plant shops to avoid problems. You may also them for expert tips.

Use weed-barriers

Once your garden is established, you can avoid the recurrence of weeds by covering the soil with weed-barriers. These are made of dark UV-resistant fabrics that have perforations big enough to allow water and air to pass through but which are too small for emerging weed seedlings to penetrate.

Practice planting ornamentals en masse

With almost no soil visible to the naked eye, this practice denies weeds from having space and sunlight. By the time they emerge, they are already weak, lanky, and unable to compete with your garden plants. 

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