Weed Away Plants
Weeds can be a nightmare. They look unkempt and all in dis-accord, and steal precious minerals from other plants in a garden. They overgrow and spread like fire, eventually consuming the whole yard if left unattended. Weeds are often easily identifiable, and we usually notice them when it is already too late. This leads to long, hot hours of strenuous labor to pull them out of the ground. Other preventive methods would suggest spraying them with chemicals to stop their growth and deter other weeds from growing in the same gardening area. Both of these solutions only fix half of the problem. The area around where the pots used to build will still be unusable and will bring down the quality of your yard. The best solution is to grow plants in your yard that will compete and suppress the growth of weeds.
Multiple situations occur in a backyard that will produce different types of weeds. Some areas get maximum sun, and are dry and arid, making it hard to grow pretty much anything. Sporadic patches of weeds occupy these areas, mainly because those are the plants healthy enough to survive in these specific conditions. Some areas are condemned because they are in shady spots of the yard, where sunlight is scarce, and the plants that grow have adapted to their climate. Even still, some landscapes suffer from bog-like conditions and are somewhat waterlogged. These areas are mainly tricky to handle and hard to control because most plants struggle to grow in ever-wet mud. In some cases, the weeds are so spread out and docile that pulling them quickly and tossing them in a bag is a viable option. However, most infestations are severe, taking up large sections of lawn, and gardeners are often left with the burning question of how to replace the space. Just getting rid of weeds in your backyard is just not enough; the real task is finding the right thing to replace them.
Gardeners use a whole host of tricks and innovations to transform the patches of a lawn that weeds have destroyed. While most circumstances can be changed with the addition of plants that can combat the pots tenacious nature, sometimes the only option is covering to beautify an area. In these instances, it might be time to build as opposed to plant. Landscapes have both natural and artificial components to them. Utilizing stone and wood in your yard can help disguise the ground underneath. If the space permits, try placing stones to form paths through your garden, or position birdbaths or intricate statues in the most problematic of areas.
If your garden is less conducive to large centerpieces or daft pathways, and the weed-filled area is harder to clear, mulch is a great alternative. Weeds quickly start to cover large sections of grass. After their removal, the ground is laid bare and if you have no plans to grow something new on top, layer it with mulch. Mulch is convenient and controllable, providing a smooth surface to replace the chopped and dry sections of dirt. Lay down a thick piece of cardboard around the desired area, and then pile the wood chips until the desired height. Spread the mulch out with a rake. Woods chips are the most common type of mulch, but there is also pine straw mulch that works great if you want something lighter in weight as well as color.
Growing different plants is another option to suppress the growth of weeds in your backyard. The soil is most susceptible to weed invasion when the plants that usually grow there are out of season. If the soil is bare, it is bound to attract unwanted grass. Some gardeners try to get the most out of this process and plant crops that will nourish the soil as well as prevent weeds from spreading. These vegetables can also be utilized in the kitchen. Planting peas, buckwheat, barley, and oats are a great way to sustain your eating habits while protecting your yard from harmful weeds. There are also plants that grow in adverse conditions that will add beauty where the pots have left scars. Golden Creeping Jenny is a lovely plant with bright yellow flowers that grow aggressively in almost any situation if watered correctly. Mazus is a low-maintenance ground cover that blooms in soft purples. They prefer moist soil and start showing their colors in the early spring. The most active weed resister is the Dragon’s Blood Sedum. These pink plants are great for bees and butterflies and are incredibly versatile in the garden, holding shades of color all year long. When replacing weeds with plant substitutes, try and acquire native plants. Perennials are often best suited for weed removal sites, providing added benefits for you and your garden. The goal is to upgrade your garden from a host of selfish and aggressive plants to a paradise where all the life forces can coexist peacefully.