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stop weeds from growing in mulch

Any weeds that grow through mulch are easy to pull because the soil remains loose. Photo by Saxon Holt

Check the label to determine if it is safe for use around the kinds of landscape plants you have and effective against the weeds normally present.

Lee Valley Tools Ltd.
Box 1780
Ogdensburg, NY 13669-6780
800/871-8158
Telescoping Crack Weeder

Deprive Weeds of Water

Tips on how to keep weeds out of the garden, add the right amount of mulch over weeds, and 6 mistakes to avoid to keep your garden weed-free.

Weeds can’t survive without moisture. In areas with little or no summer rain, drip irrigation or soaker hoses help prevent weed seeds from sprouting by depriving them of water. These systems deliver water to the root zone of plants at the soil level. The soil surface and area surrounding the plants stays relatively dry. In contrast, overhead sprinkler systems spray water over the entire soil surface and supply both garden plants and weeds with water.

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2250 Agate Ct.
Simi Valley, CA 93065
www.raindrip.com
877/237-3747
Request the free “Drip Watering Made Easy” guide.

How to Mulch Over Weeds

(For those of you who already have weeds attacking your yard, read our article on How to Get Rid of Weeds.)

Irrigation & Green Industry Network
916C N. Formosa Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
www.igin.com
323/878-0318

Stop weeds from growing in mulch

At Master Lawn, our Landscaping Weed & Feed program includes a rotation of pre-emergent and post-emergent products in addition to the use of organic, pro-biotic soil additives in order to help improve your plants’ color, vigor, and root health.

Of course, you might be wondering what kills weeds but not plants in your flower beds? You may be worried about harming the plants that you love. Rest assured, at Master Lawn, we are utilizing specialized products, customized to your landscape beds and their specific needs.

These microorganisms also help strengthen your plants against disease and pests. Healthy, biologically active soil has a highly diverse array of this microscopic life and can even help reduce the need for some insect and disease control products over time. A routinely used plant health care service that is focused on the biology of the soil health of the plant beds will have fewer weeds and better-performing plants.

Enhancing the Health of Your Flower Beds

Your landscaping adds a lot of beauty to your property and you likely appreciate them for their aesthetic appeal. That is until you start seeing weeds creep in. Weeds are an eyesore that can really detract from the overall look of your landscape beds.

An effective approach to weed control in plant beds includes an ongoing rotation of pre-emergent products. Pre-emergent weed controls are ones that prevent weeds in the first place by inhibiting their seeds from germinating. In many cases, these products will take care of a large majority of your weeds. However, post-emergent controls can also be used to address any breakthrough that occurs.

It’s really a win all around. You get to take back your time while also having the best-looking plant beds in your neighborhood. It’s a wise choice that will pay off in more ways than one.

How to Stop Weeds from Growing in Mulch

In fact, many homeowners assume that there’s nothing more they can do to address weeds other than mulching their beds and hand-pulling any of the weeds that break through. While it’s certainly true that mulching will help suppress weeds, there are always those persistent ones that continue to emerge.

Besides ultimately having healthier and more attractive landscaping beds, one of the biggest benefits of working with a professional is the ability to hand over the hassles, and the worries, associated with keeping your plant beds looking their best. You’re busy and the last thing you probably want to do on your free weekend is pull weeds. With a pro, you don’t have to worry about it. Plus, with the power of pro-biotic soil additives working their wonders, your plants will be looking better than ever.