Wondering how to kill weeds for good? Think prevention instead
Weeds are a persistent problem in your garden because they thrive under tough conditions. Left unchecked, they can quickly crowd and injure your flowers and shrubs. You might think the solution is a question of how to kill weeds. In fact, the best way to relieve your flowers, shrubs and ornamentals of weeds is by preventing them from sprouting in the first place.
The Best Approach to Garden Weed Control
In any season plants are growing, the best garden weed control strategy has only 2 steps. Your first step is to remove existing weeds. Your second step is to apply a garden weed preventer like Preen. Preen Garden Weed Preventer blocks unwanted seeds from germinating. When used as directed, the product will keep your garden weed-free for an entire season. Simply reapply Preen Garden Weed Preventer 9-12 weeks later for continued weed prevention.
Preen Garden Weed Preventer works great with mulch – it’s as simple as sprinkling over-the-top and watering in. You can also lightly rake Preen Garden Weed Preventer into your mulch if watering is not convenient. To save even more time, consider a step-saving product like Preen Mulch Plus. Preen Mulch Plus combines weed preventer with natural hardwood mulch. After you’ve planted your flowers and shrubs, apply Preen Mulch Plus to control broadleaf and annual weeds for up to 6 months.
If you’re wondering how to kill weeds safely in your vegetable garden, stop them from ever sprouting with an organic weed control product. Preen Vegetable Garden Weed Preventer’s proven organic ingredients are safe for fruit and vegetable bearing plants. Just sprinkle evenly over the soil when your plants are 2-3 inches tall and water in. You can even use twice the recommended rate for better organic weed control with no fear of damaging your plants. Be sure to follow label instructions.
For extra defense against weeds, install Preen Landscape Weed Control Fabric to your garden and landscape beds. For new plantings, just unroll the fabric until it covers the new bedding area. Be sure cuttings overlap at least 2-3 inches. Cut X’s in the fabric to make spots for your new plants. If you have an existing garden, you can still install Preen Landscape Weed Control Fabric. To apply over plants taller than 3 feet, cut to the edge of the fabric and slide around the base of the plant. For smaller plants, simply lay the fabric on top, cut an X or circle, and gently push the fabric down to the soil.
The Solution to Actively Growing Weeds
If you need to eliminate actively growing weeds before applying a preventer, your choices of how to kill weeds are either “mechanical” – hand-pulling or hoeing – or chemical.
At first glance, chemical spray may seem like an easy solution. Remember that chemical spray won’t tidy up your garden immediately. It takes time for treated weeds to die. Even when they do, the dead weeds still have to be manually removed. What’s more, a spray-and-remove approach often must be repeated throughout the growing season.
Your best answer for how to kill weeds that are actively growing is called “mechanical weed control.” Mechanical weed control means uprooting and removing unwanted plants, usually by hand-weeding, hoeing or turning over the soil. Applying Preen Garden Weed Preventer next will keep lingering weed seeds from germinating for the rest of the season – a guarantee chemical sprays can’t always make.
We may never know how to kill weeds for good, but controlling weeds before they become a problem with Preen Garden Weed Preventer can keep weeding off your to-do list for an entire season. With Preen, you’ll have no unsightly weeds and more time to enjoy your garden.