One of the best benefits of spring and summer is getting to plant your own flowers. Flower beds bring new life to any area of land and watching them grow and thrive is very enjoyable. However, to keep flower beds looking beautiful, regular maintenance will need to be done. This includes keeping weeds out of the flower bed so that your flowers are not robbed of important nutrients. These are some ways to eliminate weeds from your flower beds.
Mulching has been a popular way to prevent weeds from growing in flower beds for many years. However, if you are going to use mulch in your flower beds, it is important to know how to do it properly. To stop the growth of weeds, mulch must be put down around your flowers and throughout the flower beds in thick layers. The mulch must be deep enough so that weeds cannot grow up through it. It is best to dig the soil in the flower bed down about 2 inches deep, then apply at least 4 inches of mulch on top of the soil.
Filling the Flower Bed
The more plants and flowers you have in your flower bed, the less room there will be for weeds to pop up through the soil. The roots of the plants also prevent weed seeds in the soil from developing into plants. This is also why many like to sow wildflower seeds in flower beds because they create thick groups of flowers that help prevent weeds from growing.
Another way of preventing the growth of weeds is by spraying the flower beds with herbicides. There are many different types of herbicides that work very well at killing weeds. Although, it is important to spray herbicides carefully so that there is no contact with your flowers. Herbicides can be sprayed close to the soil in between flowers so that the flowers are not damaged.
With all these methods of weed prevention, there still may be an occasional weed that pops up through the soil in your flower beds. These can usually be removed by hand easily to prevent them from spreading and multiplying. Always be sure to pull weeds straight upward from the roots to ensure they are completely removed and do not reseed and return within a few days. This may need to be done frequently if you live in particularly rainy regions of the world.
For further tips, reach out to a weed control service in your area.