You have a fixer upper lawn filled with weeds. You’d rather have a pretty English garden with winding paths. Or, maybe you prefer growing your own food in that space. Some perennials would be nice too. In any case, you’ll have to turn the weed zone into plantable space. What’s the best approach? How do you turn a weedy backyard into a garden wonderland with the least amount of effort?
There will be some work involved.
If you want paradise and what you have is a jungle, don’t expect overnight miracles. Weeds are invasive, stubborn, relentless beasts. Someone is going to have to get their hands dirty. There will be a lot of sweat, blood and maybe even a few tears, especially if that someone is you. Of course, there is always the option of hiring someone else to do the initial dirty work. However, if you can’t afford it, be prepared for the worst. You won’t be disappointed.
Nix the toxic weed-killer.
If you’re planning to garden where there are weeds, forgo the chemical weed killers. Some kill a broad spectrum of plants, including those you want. Some weed killers stay in the soil for years. One has been found in 75% of air and water samples in a recent study. That means not only an unsuccessful garden, but a poisoned one. One of the main purposes of having your own garden is seeing to it that your crops are healthy and chemical free. So, what can you do?
The easiest way to remove massive weed growth.
If you’re planning a garden in a weedy location, get yourself a good rototiller. You can buy or rent one. Get the best model you can afford. Small tillers tend to jump out of your hands, making for a long day of work. They also don’t till as deeply as the heavy duty versions.
Don’t just till once and start planting.
Weeds will quickly grow back, making for some long days of weeding. Instead, start tilling early in the season. Let the weeds grow back some. Till again. Do this several times before planting. Weeds will come back sparser each time.
Preventing future weed growth.
The best way to prevent future weed growth is to keep up with the weeds. You will have to be very diligent about weeding. At first, you may have to weed daily. Take heart. The more you weed, the less weeds will grow back.
*Be sure to pull the entire root out, when weeding to discourage re-growth.
*Use a non-chemical weed killer on lawn areas surrounding the garden. This will prevent weeds from spreading from lawn to garden.
*A privacy fence helps keep your neighbor’s weeds from spreading to your garden. It also helps keep out any harmful chemicals they have used.
Transformation involves patience.
It takes a lot of time and patience to transform a weed wonderland into a garden paradise. In fact, it may be several years before you get the results you want. However, isn’t this the truth with anything worth having? Half the satisfaction in a job well done comes from knowing how much work you put into it.
Bonus: 2 simple, non-chemical weed-killers
*Boiling hot water
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