Weeds are nothing else than unwanted vegetation. In fact every plant can be a weed if it is not wanted. There are many products on the market to fight weeds. We advise to use them sparingly and only for spot treatment. The health risk of herbicides for humans and wildlife isn’t clear. Although most of the chemicals evaporate after some days, the herbicide also kills the beneficial spores and fungi in the ground, making the soil in fact, more susceptible for weeds.We recommend to use herbicides only when other strategies have failed. Perennial weeds need to be removed when the soil is still soft and the plants still easy to pull, Annuals can be weeded later, after growth but before flowering and seeding.
Weeding is a important practice for landscapers who want to offer more sustainable practices. The more frequent visits that were necessary for conventional lawn maintenance, can be replaced with weed management. Weed management requires more time but can be done less frequently. Landscapers can make economic use of their time when they schedule the weeding around wetter days, when the ground is unsuitable for mowing.
Pick Your Battle
You can’t fight them all. Start with the nastiest ones; those with the least beneficial value or the most invasive ones.
Rather than weeding a little here or there, try to eradicate one weed at the time as thoroughly as you possibly can.
Try to appreciate beneficial and less aggressive weeds. Look at them a little differently and you might even start to like them.
The best way to avoid weeds is to plant densely, or use ground covers, so the weeds have no room to develop.
Hot water, burning or horticultural vinegar can be used to clean driveways and hardscape from weeds.
Cover weed prone areas temporarily with a layer of mulch, or better compost or humus, to smother out weeds.
Cut annuals before they develope seeds and pull perennials with persistent roots after rainfall, when the soil is soft.
No Landscape Fabric
Landscape fabric creates a temporary solution which, after a few years, seriously aggravates the original weed problem.