It's time to win the war against weeds. Take back your lush lawn with these easy tips.
What about all the seeds already lurking in the soil, waiting to sprout?
The easiest way to control them is by never letting them see the light of day. If sunlight doesn't reach them, they don't germinate. Plant closely so that most of the soil is shaded by foliage, and mulch thickly so sunlight won't reach the soil. Avoid excessive cultivation, which brings weed seeds closer to the surface. In vegetable beds, don't leave the earth bare between crops: Put down a temporary mulch or plant a cover crop like clover that you can dig under later.
If you're preparing a new flower or vegetable bed, try another approach: forcing out the enemy. Till and amend the soil as you normally would prior to planting. Then keep the prepared soil moist for a few days to encourage weed seeds to sprout. When they do, hoe them off and water again. Repeat this process until there are few weed seeds left to sprout, leaving little weeding thereafter.
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