Ah, weeds. A gardener’s fast-spreading nemesis. Officially speaking, weeds are plants that grow where you don’t want them to—your garden, your lawn.
Sometimes, to your chagrin, everywhere! Weeds—like the common garden weeds crabgrass, dandelion, and thistle—rob desirable plants of water, nutrients, and sunlight; they may also harbor insects and diseases. Some weeds spread so aggressively that they jump fences to invade your garden and lawn. Others might be considered weeds in one region but well-behaved garden plants elsewhere. It is rarely possible to eradicate weeds entirely, but these weed control methods can stop them in your track.
First, nonchemical weed control includes simply pulling them up by hand and digging out the roots. Or, another weed killer strategy is smothering, or literally covering the weeds, with cardboard or newspaper and then cover that layer with organic mulch. Then, there are the chemical weed controls to try, from synthetic herbicides and weed killers you would find in a nursery to natural herbicides (like vinegar or herbicidal soaps). Here, you’ll learn the tips and tricks, from solarizing to the rototill technique—get your weeds under control.