Although weeds may look harmless, these unwanted plants that grow in your lawn and garden can actually impact much more than just the way your yard looks. It’s not just about maintaining a well-manicured lawn or well-maintained garden. Some weeds can be very invasive and can easily crowd your plants when left unchecked. Even after you have pulled these weeds, you cannot just throw them in your compost pile as their seeds can easily sprout. It is also not a good idea to just leave them on the soil surface after pulling them out because any contact with water can easily stage its comeback.
Since gardening season is here, take a look at some of the best ways to pull weeds easier and more effectively:
Examine the Soil
To prevent future weed growth, you need to remove everything including the roots to keep it from regrowing. To do this a lot easier, you can pull weeds when the soil’s couple of layers are moist and damp. Weed roots cannot cling to moist soil and it will be a lot easier for you to pull the entire plant out in one go. You’ll the find that the soil is much more damp in the early morning hours.
If you can’t make it happen in the morning, simply give the area a little watering about fifteen minutes prior pulling the weeds to allow the water to saturate into the soil where the roots lay.
Find A Technique That Will Work For You
If you are using your bare hands to pull the weeds, we hope you have some extra tough skin. We’d suggest you do not forget to use gardening gloves. These types of gloves usually have grip pads on the finger tips that will help you grip the plant a whole lot easier. However, you have to use a different pair of gloves for planting and for weeding to avoid spreading the seeds. Make sure you grasp the weed from the top of the roots and not on the leaves. Pulling weeds from its leaves will only break the plant off at the roots. Hold just above the roots and pull it up, twisting the plant a little bit as you remove it. This will make sure that everything is pulled out including the roots.
Use the Right Weeding Tools
There are weeding tools available from your local gardening store that can ease-up the weed removal process. A trowel or blunt kitchen knife you no longer use can help break up the soil around the unwanted plant. But do this carefully to avoid cutting into the roots and leave some of it behind.
Remember, when you are pulling weeds out, avoid spreading the seeds or leaving the roots underneath to avoid future growth.