Easy Weeding Tips

Weeding

Skip The Hassle With These Easy Weeding Tips

When it comes to having a beautiful yard, one of the most important parts is maintenance. Once you have a beautiful yard, it would be a shame if it went to waste. Without proper upkeep, your yard will look worse and worse. Weeding on a regular basis is a great way to get outside, take care of your yard, and keep your home and neighborhood looking beautiful. Sometimes weeding can be hard on your body or take too much of your time, but there are some wonderful easy weeding tips that can make your experience much better. 

How To Pull Weeds

While pulling weeds may seem intuitive, it isn’t as simple as it looks. Most weeds are built to withstand being pulled and are extremely hardy. Sometimes they have sharp spines or needles that can pierce your skin. They can even be poisonous and cause skin irritation or rashes. Many weeds have extremely thick and strong roots, so you may need to pull them in a certain way. You also need to be careful not to hurt yourself. Anyone can strain a muscle or hurt themselves when pulling weeds, as you often are using most of your main muscle groups to pull out a weed. Picking the best tool to remove weeds and preparing properly are important steps. 

Pulling Weeds Safely

First, make sure you are wearing proper protective clothing like gloves and long sleeves, so that you won’t be affected by any prickles or poisons. Then, get down to the level of the weed, either by kneeling on the ground or bending down or by using a tool. You want to get a good grip on the weed as close to the base of the plant as you can. Some people prefer to loosen the surrounding dirt with a tool of some kind. Then, pull the weed straight up out of the ground. This gives you the best chance of removing it without the root being left behind. Get as much of the weed out as possible, and immediately place it into a container where it won’t be able to spread any seeds. Leaving the weeds on the ground might cause them to propagate. Be careful as you pull the weeds not to strain yourself, even if you are very experienced. 

Easy Weeding Tips

Now that you know the basics of how to pull weeds, there are some other things to take into consideration to make it easier and better. Do what works best for you! 

Using Weeding Tools

There are many different weeding tools that people use to help loosen roots and get weeds up out of the ground. There are many commercial products available that can help you weed from standing up, or that make removing weeds easier on your back or hands. These can be helpful but are not always needed. Most people find that the best tool to remove weeds is just a simple screwdriver or kitchen fork. These will break up the soil and help you remove the weed in one piece. Other great tools include trowels, rakes, hoes, and garden knives. Try different tools and see what works for you. Depending on how dry or packed your soil is, you may want to try different ones to find out the best tool to remove weeds for you. 

Importance of Water

When it comes to weeding your garden, it is always best to pull weeds after it rains. This can make it a messier chore, but it also makes the soil softer and looser. This means the weeds will be more likely to come out of the ground in one piece, and it will be easier on you. If it doesn’t rain often where you live, you can also water the ground about an hour before weeding, which will loosen the soil. However, this isn’t always a viable option, especially if you live somewhere where there are water restrictions. Weeds are also attracted to water, so a good way to conserve water and avoid weeds is by hand-watering your plants and avoiding watering in large swathes, so your plants get the water but the weeds do not. 

Products

Another way to get rid of weeds is through weed killer spray. Weed killer spray is great because it kills the weeds and they usually won’t come back. Sprays now even have special formulas that avoid killing your grass or other plants. There are many that are safe for use around animals and children. Most of the time, weed killer spray is best used in the cracks around your driveway, up around your patio, and other places where they are hard to remove. Weed killer spray isn’t always easy to use and if you have a lot of weeds, it can feel a little useless. It can be great if you don’t have too many weeds, or for just a maintenance run every few weeks. 

Mulch

You might be getting weeds because your flower beds or other parts of your yard were not installed to avoid weeds. If so, you can get mulch with weed prevention mixed in! Instead of using weed killer spray, you can just avoid them altogether. Mulching is important for your yard and can help it become much more vibrant and beautiful. Maybe it is time to replenish your soil and start again with new mulch, so you can avoid weeds in the future. 

Creating Your Dream Yard with Arbeen

Nobody likes weeds in their yard, but maybe you don’t love your yard right now and that’s why it is full of weeds. Maybe it’s time to renew and rebuild a beautiful yard you can enjoy. Designing and creating a beautiful yard includes removing dead or dying plants, revitalizing the soil, and starting something you will love and cherish. Once you have a yard you love, it will be easy to learn how to pull weeds and maintain that beauty. Better yet, set it up so weeds hardly ever grow! 

You deserve a space where you can sit back and soak in your surroundings. No stress. No hassle. Arbeen can make that space a reality. At Arbeen, landscaping is not just a career, it is a passion. Our team is always committed to the highest quality of work and materials to ensure you not only have a great experience, but you gain the most value for your property from our work. Contact us today to turn your backyard into the perfect sanctuary.