A weed is nothing more than a plant out of place. Unwanted plants can be a pain in the neck, but there are several ways to deal with them.
To keep weeds down, check your landscape frequently and hand-pull them as they come up. Never let weeds go to seed, or they'll reappear in your plant beds next year.
Help keep weeds in check by applying mulch. You can use organic materials like bark, wood chips, leaves, or pine straw. You can also use inorganic materials, like gravel, pebbles, or woven ground cloth.
Once you've removed the weeds, you can use pre-emergence herbicides to help prevent them from growing from seed. These products must be applied at specific times, based on the weed that you're targeting.
- Considerations for Use of Roundup® and Similar Products in the Home Landscape
- Homeowner Considerations Prior to Selecting a Weed Control Product
- Nonchemical Weed Control for Home Landscapes and Gardens
- Topics: Weeds in Florida
- Weed Management in the Home Garden
Also on Gardening in a Minute
- Controlling Weeds in Flower Beds--Louisiana State University AgCenter
- Weed Control in Landscape Plantings--Univesity of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service (PDF)
- Weed Management in Annual Color Beds--North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service