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Avoid Inviting Weeds to Your Garden Party

By Barbara Fix, Researcher & Writer for Lipscomb Enterprises Inc.

It doesn’t seem fair that the weeds that came uninvited to our gardens seem to flourish; sometimes becoming the life of the party, despite the loving care we give to our vegetable and herb gardens.

To combat weeds it helps to understand how they got there in the first place, so we can  “evict” their irritating presence. To do that, we need to understand their lifestyles, which vary.

Annual weeds are the bodybuilders of weeds, as they do all their growing in a year or less. If left to flower, you will be busy combating the damage they do to your garden for untold hours!

Biennial weeds like to stick around a little longer—typically two years—and produce flower in the second year, which you will want to destroy before they get the chance to germinate.

Perennials are the type that once showing up to your garden party, never want to leave. They grow deep roots that are best destroyed by digging deep to get to the entire root, or else…they’ll be back.

Weeds love disturbed soil because it offers great possibilities for germination. Remember, they are opportunists. Once you open up the earth for sowing and planting, there’s their ticket into your garden. But take heart! There’s an answer.

Adding Corn Gluten Meal to your garden when you open up your soil is a natural solution, as it dehydrates the weed without affecting your garden plants. This one simple step can save you hours of search and destroy later.

For other natural methods to kill existing weeds, read Overcoming Weeds Naturally found on our site. In no time, you can gain back control of your garden and have a proper garden party!

Short but informative article about weed prevention using natural, or non-GMO products. The article could have done with a few more tips but for identifying which weeds are problems it is worth reading. Visit seeds in toronto for more resources.