Pulling weeds shouldn’t be difficult. It can be quite easy if you have some insight into the process. That’s why the experts at GrassHoppers are here to help. Below are some helpful tips and tricks for pulling weeds this summer or anytime you see them start to grow in.
Do your homework
Before pulling weeds in your garden, you still will want to know if any of the weeds are dangerous and/or poisonous to touch. You should also know if a plant is an essential habitat for birds or insects. The last thing you want to do is pull a weed that’s connected to a red fire ant pile! Be sure to identify what weeds you are pulling and how to actively get rid of them. Pulling weeds is the best option because if you rely on a specific chemical to reduce weeds, eventually the weeds will get tolerant to that certain chemical, and continue to grow back with ease.
No root gets left behind
One of the most valuable tips you should take away from this article is to never leave the root behind! By only stripping the leaves off, the weed is bound to sprout right back up. If you wrap your hand down by the root and pull straight up, it should do the trick. Some gardeners find it helpful to wiggle down by the root to loosen the dirt and then pull up. By doing it right the first time, you will get it done much quicker. In some cases, when you can’t get the root up, chop the head off. This will prevent the plant from setting seed and with luck, they possibly might end up dying.
Wait for the wet
You should always remove weeds after it rains. Your weeds will come up more easily when the ground is wet and moist. When pulling weeds, be sure not to compact the soil. Start at the edge of the bed and work your way in. It might also be a good idea to rake your garden after you are finished to help break up the soil again. If there is no rain in the forecast, use the hose or your irrigation system to moisten the ground. You will want to dig up the weeds while they’re small, so don’t wait for the rain if you are in a dry season or drought.
The right tools for the right job
Find a hoe that you feel comfortable using. There are many varieties of them and choosing one is often overwhelming for the gardening novices. Hoes with a triangular blade are good for weeding between close rows and beneath plants. Scuffle or loop hoes are a double-duty tool, capable of scraping soil and covering the ground back up. A soil knife is another great choice. The pointed tip of the soil knife makes it a great weeding tool. Simply use the soil knife to dig down into the soil and pop out the roots of the weed you are trying to remove. Its strong blade is able to get out even the toughest of weeds. By selecting the right tools for the areas you will need them will dramatically cut down the time it takes to do a thorough and complete job.
Fill up your garden
We highly recommend that you don’t leave bare spots in your garden. Weeds will move into any available area where there is room, be sure to space plants according to their labels and instructions. If you have any unused beds, be sure to sow and mulch at the end of the season.
We know landscaping can be a hassle when you have limited time on your hands. When you hire the experts at GrassHoppers to take care of your lawn, you don’t have to worry about pulling weeds or any of the things listed above. Call GrassHoppers today for your free estimate on any of our services.