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how to stop weeds from growing in your yard

How to stop weeds from growing in your yard

It will be easier to remove any type of weed at the root if you first wet the soil.

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One of the essential things to know about the dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) is that this common lawn weed is a perennial. Since they’re perennials, they maintain a permanent base camp on your lawn until you remove them entirely.

Killing Dandelions

Once you remove poison ivy, you need to meticulously dispose of the weed. It's important to note that poison ivy emits a toxin, urushiol , that remains active for up to five years, even on dead plants, its sap, and on anything else that brushes up against it. Follow these three critical pointers on how to avoid urushiol:

How to stop weeds from growing in your yard

Few experiences compare to the joy of watching weeds shrivel in the sun after a morning weeding session, but then what should you do with them? Their best resting place, of course, is a compost pile or bin, which is the end of the story if the weeds going in are free of seeds. In reality, however, a good half of the weeds you pull probably hold seeds. Separating the seedies from other weedies is impractical, so weed seeds in compost are customarily killed by raising the temperature in the heap.

Young weeds go down much easier than older ones, so make the most of good weeding conditions. Photo: Michelle Gervais

Monday: Kill weeds. Tuesday: Kill weeds …

Under dry conditions, weeds sliced off just below the soil line promptly shrivel up and die, especially if your hoe has a sharp edge. In mulched beds, use an old steak knife to sever weeds from their roots, then patch any open spaces left in the mulch.

2. Mulch, mulch, mulch

Most spacing recommendations, however, are based on the assumption that adjoining plants will barely touch when they reach mature size, so stick with the guidelines when working with plants that are prone to foliar diseases, such as bee balms (Monarda didyma and cvs., USDA Hardiness Zones 4–9) and phloxes (Phlox paniculata and cvs., Zones 4–8).