Here we are, well into July and have progressed this far in the garden with all of our planting, fertilizing, controlling pests and so on. It takes a lot of work to keep up a garden and it’s easy to get distracted by other summer time activities… the pool, the lake, golf.
Make sure you are diligent in keeping up with your weeding because weeds grow extremely fast this time of season and can overtake your garden if you are not careful. This is especially a problem for those who take a week or two vacation during the summer only to return home to find their formally spotless garden full of weeds once again.
Many garden crops cannot compete very well with weeds and need to be kept weed-free throughout the season if you hope to get a crop this fall. Onions are an example of a crop won’t produce well under weedy conditions.
Mulching your garden will go a long way in helping to keep the weeds down even if you don’t get all of the garden covered. If you do decide to mulch, remove the existing weeds to keep them from growing and pushing up through your mulch.
There are many types of materials that can be used for mulch such as straw, shredded leaves, hay, grass clippings, paper, plastic, old carpeting etc. The idea is to cover the soil so that no sunlight will reach the surface of the garden. Since most weed seeds need sunlight to sprout, they won’t grow into a problem for you.
Perennial weeds such as quack grass or morning glory are harder to suppress with mulch but even they can be greatly reduced.
The main idea is keep up with your weeding, don’t let it get out of hand and it will stay manageable.