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Get Rid Of Weeds In Your Garden Today

Eliminate these culprits before they totally destroy your garden

Photography: Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions

Who wants to have weeds in the garden? You don't, right? Weeds can damage your garden, not just on the aesthetic aspect, but more so on the life of the plants that you have. "Gardens are perfect environments for weeds because these areas are well-cared for. Water, fertilized soil, light, and other species easy to conquer—gardens are heaven for weeds," says landscape architect Lou Vincent Licerio, CEO of Prasinos, Inc. And if you don't take them out, they will damage your plants. Here's how you can effectively weed them out (pun intended): 

1. Watch out for these signs.

"Discoloration, drying leaves and barks, thinning foliage—these are some signs that weeds are already affecting your plants. Failure to remove the weeds from the garden will result to badly nourished and even dead plants."

2. When removing weeds, avoid herbicides as much as possible. 

"There are herbicides that kill weeds. Unfortunately, these chemicals are also harmful or deadly to other flora and fauna in the garden. Pets, frogs, bees, and other animals in range can be affected. Personally, I would discourage the use of these herbicides. The risk of detriment to the local ecosystem is high."

3. Instead, manually remove the weeds in your garden. 

"There are no harmful effects to the ecosystem. Manually removing the weeds also bring other benefits to the garden. Because of a personal involvement, the one doing the weeding shall also be alerted to the presence of plant pests, diseases, and soil condition. The overall health of the garden shall be attended to."

4. Prevent weeds from growing back quickly by spacing your shrubs closely. 

"It not only provides a visual pleasure of lushness, but also prevents the sunlight from reaching the soil and weed spores."

5. Apply mulch. 

This is another method of preventing weeds from growing back quickly. "[Mulch] helps in preventing airborne seeds from coming into contact with the soil. Mulch also screens sunlight from reaching the spores and seeds of weeds that are already on the soil, averting germination. Mulches can be found in local nurseries. They can be made out of wood chips, stone chips, or even recycled rubber chips."

6. Try Weed Control Fabric. 

"Weed Control Fabric is a sheet membrane made of biodegradable materials. It shares the same method of weed prevention as mulching. It is layered on top of the soil and then covered with mulch. While this has a high effectivity rate [in eliminating] weeds, they also reduce the rate by which organic nutrients are replenished to the soil."

7. Do a weeding session regularly. 

"Constant and consistent regular manual weeding is necessary, because weeds will find a way to break through those methods. Weeds are resilient and the dynamism of the outdoor elements are unpredictable. A dedicated weeding schedule will stop adult weeds from spreading seeds and young ones from ever reaching maturity."

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