9 Methods to Keep Your Flower Beds Weed Free
A flower bed can add to the curb appeal of a home or building structure, a well and beautifully designed flower bed has the potential of increasing a property’s value but in order to keep these garden beds neat and polished requires maintenance practices. A challenge that some homeowners face however is keeping these beds free not only of weeds but grass that may be planted nearby from growing into these beds.
I have seen this in many home gardens including projects that I have worked on, the question is how can we or what can we do to bring control to weeds and grass from growing in our flower best? We will be discussing some measures that can be taken that have proven to be effective.
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9 Proven Methods to Keep Weeds and Grass Out of Your Flower Beds
1. Landscape Frabic
A great way that has proven to be very effective which I have tried on many garden projects is the use of landscaping fabric, this fabric is strong but porous (allowing moisture to pass through). Before installing the soil or flowers the fabric goes in place first, once this is done you can place your soil over the fabric followed by the installation of your flowering plants. the fabric acts as a barrier between the ground and your garden soil and will suppress weeds for a long time.
2. Cobra or Lawn Edging
I love how cobra edging works, it’s not only a barrier that will stop grass from running into your flower beds but it improves the appearance (aesthetics) of your landscapes and gardens where you can see lines that separate grass, shrubs, ornamental and flowering plants. I have used cobra edging on many garden projects and it’s easy to install.
3. Removing Grass by Hand
This is a very old method which is the oldest practice that has been used for years, in fact, it’s recorded that weeding by hand was practiced from ” 8000 BCE”, this way of removing grass including weeds can be laborious and time-consuming so if you prefer to hand weed then put a schedule in place that will make this process easy. To make weeding easy also is to use a garden kneeler and seat.
Along with the garden kneeler and seat, these weeding hands tools can offer much help along with a strong pair of garden gloves to keep your hands clean and to keep dirt from under your fingernails. And garden hoe can make the job easy as well.
Diluted vinegar is effective in the removal of grass from flower beds,, however, may require more than one application, the use of a 32 oz spray bottle can help with this task. When using vinegar make sure that it doesn’t get on your flowers.
5. Using Boiling Water
Boiling water will eliminate not only the grass blades but the grass roots as well leasing the chance of grass regrowing in your flower bed.
This method is very simple, all this practice requires is to place clear plastic over the area that’s to be treated and to ensure that the plastic is secured on every side, this can be accomplished by using rocks or other objects to pin the plastic down. This method is extremely effective during the summer months, once the sunlight hits the plastic will heat up the soil. This heat will kill the grass blades, weeds, seeds, and garden insect pests that live in the soil. To make this practice even more effective before placing the clear plastic wet or moisten the area then place the plastic down. The moisture and the heat will cause the soil to boil which will bring elimination.
7. Using Mulch
The use of mulches is a great way to suppress weeds, a 2 to 3-inch layer of mulch is sufficient, but before applying much ensure that the flower bed is weeded out first. Here are other benefits of applying mulch. Plastic mulch can also be used but doesn’t give the benefit of mulches that are derived from plant material. Stone edging or border can be used as well. There is also the choice of log edging or easy flex landscape edging. This plastic garden border is neat and will look great in your flower bed.
8. Selective Post-emergent Herbicide
Selective herbicides were formulated to target and eliminate specific types of weeds without causing harm to other garden plants. Get to know what grass type is invading your flower bed and then check with your garden nurseryman or garden center to see what brand of selective herbicide is available. Read the label to ensure that the grass type you’re seeking to eliminate is on the bottle when applied will not cause harm to your flower garden.
9. A Blow Touch
A long-handled blow touch can be used, just direct the touch towards the grass and fire away, be careful however that there is no dry debris, you only want to make contact with the grass.
The final word on how to kill grass in flower beds
Keeping your garden flower beds healthy looking and beautiful by the elimination of weeds and grass is that simple, investing in one of the methods we looked at is effective and will give you the results you’re looking for. I know how it is when it comes to weed removal because of the many garden projects I have taken on, this guide will make your weeding job easier. Give it a try and see for yourself that keeping weeds out of your garden flower beds doesn’t have to be a daunting task.
About the author
Norman loves being in the garden, both at home and for his job....
he is 'Natures Little helper' being outdoors, growing his vegetables and flowers from an early age.
Now having spent over 22 years in the profession he want to give some of his knowledge to others...
his vast array of hints and tips you will find scattered over this site will help you no end growing plants in your garden.