No More Weeds in 6 Easy Steps

weed free garden with Flower Carpet Ambers

A 3″ layer of mulch does wonders in keeping garden beds weed-free as shown in this bed of Flower Carpet Ambers and Heuchera (coral bells).

Everyone hates weeds. We do anything we can to murder them but they keep bouncing back. But here’s a fact. If you follow this fool-proof formula, you will win the weed war. What’s the catch? Only one…. you must follow these instructions exactly.

  1. Pick a manageable area to tackle and stay focused on it.
  2. The day before you get to work, water the area to soften the soil. The next day, remove the existing weeds by digging or pulling them out. Cutting them back won’t do the trick; they need to be removed from the root.
  3. Leave the soil bare for two weeks, then remove any further weeds. (During that time, you can use a hoe or hand trowel to scrape the soil, removing any young weed seedlings.)
  4. Immediately cover the surface of the soil with mulch spread evenly to three inches.
  5. Keep an eye on things and pull any new weeds that later manage to pop through this thick layer of mulch.
weed free garden

Flower Carpet Pink Supreme interplanted with Purple Wave Petunias is a perfect combination of both colors and weed-blocking plants.

6. Add a further layer of living mulch by mass planting – pick something beautiful and easy to grow like one of the Flower Carpet roses or Canna Tropicannas. Plant them so that they’ll grow tightly together to shade the soil and crowd out any future weeds. To further block out weeds, inter-plant Flower Carpet roses and Tropicanna with nepeta (cat mint) and or annuals like spreading petunias.

 

Now start the process over in a new weed-infested location…

 

 

weed free garden

Tropicanna with heavy underplanting defies any weeds!

 

weed-free gardens

Between the heavy layer of mulch and the closely arranged plantings, weeds don’t have a chance in this garden.

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4 Responses to No More Weeds in 6 Easy Steps

  1. Mrs. Debra Carter June 4, 2018 at 2:58 am #

    This sounds like a great and natural idea to get rid of the weeds and grow a beautiful and purposeful living landscape.
    Thank you, We will sure try this when we buy our new Home, hopefully soon!!!

  2. Rob Hess June 11, 2018 at 3:48 pm #

    This looks very interesting- do the steps need to be repeated yearly?

    • Judie Brower June 13, 2018 at 7:51 pm #

      It depends on your garden and what’s surrounding it. If you have meadows or weed-ridden areas within an easy breeze, you may have to do a bit of it. Mulch is the real key though – at least 3-4″ thick.

    • Judie Brower June 13, 2018 at 7:53 pm #

      You may need to do a bit of it, depending on if you have weed-ridden meadows or vacant lots nearby.

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