Among the plants that thrive in our hot humid weather here in Southeast Texas are unfortunately weeds, especially after all this rain we've had. What do you do when the weeds overrun your landscaping, choking out your beautiful garden?
The surest way to get rid of weeds is to pull them by hand. However, when you work full time, the last thing you want to do after a hard day's work is get down on your hands and knees and pull weeds out of your garden. So, the best weed fighting strategy is prevention....
To control and prevent weeds in your garden:
- Choose plants that grow well in our area and prepare the soil well by adding organic matter/compost that will loosen the soil and provide nitrogen for your plants. If your plants grow rapidly enough, they will eventually shade the weeds that are trying to sprout. For some hardy plant suggestions for our area you can refer to our Texas-Tough Summer Bloomers Blog, or the Texas Superstar Plant List.
- Add a two to three inch layer of mulch on top of the soil in your garden, and the weeds will have an even more difficult time sprouting. The fewer weeds that germinate each season, the fewer there are to spread more seeds. Those few weeds that do make it to the surface will be easier to pull. Not only is mulching beneficial for weed prevention, it also conserves water and protects the foundation of your landscape: Its roots!
- We want to avoid herbicides as much as possible, but sometimes it is the only way to get rid of pesky weeds. When shopping for the right herbicide, make sure you get one that controls the type of weed you need to kill. Some herbicides kill either broad-leaf or grassy weeds, but not both. If you are using an herbicide in your vegetable garden, make sure the label says that it is safe to use around edible plants. You don’t want to kill any of your vegetables or feed chemicals to your family. If you are applying an herbicide to your lawn, make sure it is safe to use on St. Augustine or whichever turf grass you have.
We know summer is a challenging time of year to garden here in Texas. Let us make your life easier and your outdoor space more enjoyable! Call us here at Living Expression Landscapes to design you a better landscape, or install hardscapes in the place of dirt and plants, or to save you from the back-breaking work by adding you to our weekly maintenance schedule.