How to Outsmart and Control Lawn and Garden Weeds

Weeding isn't a one-time event. Instead, controlling your lawn and garden weeds takes time and regular maintenance. To ward off weeds and prevent them from taking root, follow these steps:

  • Make a schedule: Weeds are most likely to pop up when you've planted a new garden spot or dug into the ground. In these newly planted spaces plan on weeding regularly with the proper tools - say every other day or at the least once a week. By weeding regularly, you'll keep the weeds from overtaking your garden.
  • Layer on landscaping paper: To prevent weeds from ever making it to the surface, lay down landscaping paper over loose soil and around plants. Place mulch on top of the landscaping paper to secure it and add an extra layer of weed prevention.
  • Add mulch: Use mulch in your landscaping, especially around plants in your garden beds. The mulch keeps the light from reaching the weeds, making it more difficult for them to grow.
  • Use water: Weeding is easier when you add a little moisture to the soil. You may be able to remove the entire weed, including the root system, when there's water to help loosen the soil around them.
  • Keep them from spreading: If you can't remove it, cut off the weed's flower head so that the seeds won't spread.
  • Apply homemade weed solution: Use a homemade lawn and garden weed control solution to spot-treat weeds to help minimize the amount of herbicide needed rather than douse your entire lawn. To prepare the mixture, combine five parts white vinegar, two parts water and one part dish soap in a pump sprayer and get started. Then, reseed the spots to prevent regrowth.
  • Cover them up: If all else fails, one way to easily get rid of weeds is to disguise them. Place a planter, a large rock or other decorative landscaping element on top of a pesky weed. By covering the weed you should deprive it of sunlight, making it weaker and easier to remove later.


The Dirt from Troy-Bilt®, May/June 2014