Yes, weeding out weeds is tougher than you think, but with the right technique, it’s actually possible. Below are some of the most weed varieties and their corresponding removal methods.
- Bermuda Grass: This a perennial grass that’s known for being a persistent creeper. It has a high tolerance for heat and drought because its roots grow a couple of feet deep. To eliminate Bermuda grass, smother its leaves using black plastic or heavy landscape fabric for a couple of months.
- Creeping Charlie: This broadleaf perennial is a couple of feet wide, around four inches tall and covers the ground with its scalloped leaves and purple cluster flowers during spring. It thrives on the shady landscape, lawns, and gardens. The best way to deal with it to mulch during springtime and pull it out.
- Crabgrass: This annual weed grows rapidly in dry and hot climates, and its blades are 1/3” wide and between two and five inches long. It stays dormant during winter and sprout during springtime. Eliminating crabgrass involves mulching, regular weeding, and watering the surrounding plants but only when absolutely necessary, says a lawn weed control specialist in Salt Lake City.
- Common Chickweed: This weed loves shady and damp areas with rich soil. Its half an inch to two-inch heart-shaped leaves grows from a relatively hairy stem and is an avid creeper like the Creeping Charlie. The best way to control this weed is by applying mulch and frequent hand weeding.
- Lamb’s Quarters: This weed has leaves that are between one and three inches long with ragged edges and grows between one and four feet tall. Its seeds stay dormant during wintertime and only sprout during springtime. Eliminating it requires removal through hoeing or hand-pulling as well as mulching to prevent it from germinating.
Take note that weeding is best done after rainfall or watering because the soil is softer, which makes weeds easier to pull out. Likewise, if you have a significant weed infestation, and are intent on weeding your way through it, weed out a small space each day and go from there. In addition, don’t just leave the weeds you pulled out in your garden because some hardy weeds are capable of growing back or seeding if left even over the soil. And lastly, don’t put weeds in your compost pile if you can’t maintain a high enough temperature that’s enough to completely kill them.