Best Time to Pull Weeds in the Garden

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After we've had some rain I like to go out in the garden and pull weeds. I find that this is the best time to pull weeds in the garden because they lift right out of the garden's soil with ease. I know it can be difficult for some people to hand-weed their garden, but considering the alternative is harmful chemicals, I'm willing to put in the extra effort and garden naturally. After you've cleared out a weedy garden patch you can put down a weed barrier using either newspapers and mulch or buy a commercial weed blocker. Another way of dealing with weeds is to just trim them down to keep them from blooming and setting seeds.  
While I have a lackadaisical approach to weeds, because they attract beneficial insects like bees, sometimes I can't help but go on a weeding rampage in the garden. Weeds compete with your perennials, annuals and vegetables for water and nutrients in the soil. Controlling weeds in your garden is way to maintain overall health of your plants. Don't let them get out of hand in your garden, especially a container garden. 

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  • How true. Last weekend I debated spraying my weed covered path, but realized with the recent rain the job would be easy (tedious, but easy. Not to mention have much better results if I just put some tunes on the ipod and went at the weeds.

  • In reply to kimikaw:

    Kim,

    Plus pulling them is easier since you don't have to spend money on weed killers. :0)

  • "Lackadaisical approach to weeds" -- HA! My approach is so lax that my weeds are really tall and unmanageable with big ole roots which means I also pull up large glomps of soil that I want to keep if I weed when wet. But I know I'm an outlier. I am unanimous in that.

  • In reply to gardenfaerie:

    I used to do that but earlier this spring I found a big dead rat in the garden. Scared me about to think about all the "bushy" growth the weeds create where one could be lurking when the kids are outside. So now I have to cut them down.

  • In reply to gardenfaerie:

    Reading posts like this makes me kinda glad for so much shade and for the otherwise-awful big-chunk pine bark mulch. Very few weeds sprout in our garden, if you don't count the thousands of silver maple, buckthorn, cottonwood, elm, and oak seedlings. Somehow the trees always manage to sprout in spite of the shade and mulch.

  • In reply to ssgardengirl:

    I got the Email notification for your comment earlier today and got a little jealous. I went out to the garden to plant some stuff and pull a few weeds. While out there I realized that the weediest part of my garden is actually the shadiest side.

    Can we switch gardens?

    Although, now that I'm processing it maybe the sunniest sides is less weedy since I spend so much time there pulling weeds.

    Hmmm.

  • In reply to gardenfaerie:

    Weeds? Can't say I invite them into my garden.
    However, I did use thick sheets of newspaper when I first created the California garden, covering outlined paths with it, and putting gravel over that. This was during two El Nino winters with drenching rains, and the paper trick worked wonderfully to control the weedy growth in what had been a pathetic, barren trashed space of concrete rubble under the soil, & not much else.

  • In reply to AliceJoyce:

    I invite them because they attract bugs that I like (need?) to have around so I can have things to blog about. But it would be nice to have a garden that was manicured and picture worthy like yours. Congrats on being able to transform your garden into something awesome from the trashed space.

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