Best Way to Weed

Follow these easy organic weed-control methods to keep weeds from overtaking your garden.

  • weed on a regular basis
  • remove the entire weed, including all roots
  • weed when the soil is moist—not dry, not soggy. It is easier to lift the roots.
  • weed while the weeds are young
  • do not disturb the soil because that brings weed seeds to the surface. Adopt a “no-till” system: only dig where you will plant something; otherwise do not move the soil.
  • hand weeding is most effective because it causes least disturbance to other plants and you can be sure to get the whole plant
  • lay mulch to suppress weed growth. remove weeds first or else they too get the other benefits of mulch: regular soil temperature and less water loss from soil
  • grow a thick groundcover that will suppress weeds
  • choose plants with spreading foliage that will cast shade over the surrounding soil, discouraging weeds

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