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With all the rain that we get in our tropical climate, it’s no wonder that plants grow well even if it does get a little out of control at times. Remember the times after several days of rain and your garden becomes a mini jungle? If it’s just your plants and flowers, that’s all good. Inevitably, weeds love the rain too.
What’s bad about weeds, you say? Well, for starters, they compete (or more like, steal) the nutrients from the soil that’s meant for your other plants.
Do you want a neat, beautiful garden that’s magazine-worthy? Here are 3 basic knowledge to have when it comes to taking care of this undesirable weed problem.
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Avoid bare soil, cover with mulch!
Having bare soil in your garden is like issuing an open invitation for weed seeds that are blowing around or deposited by birds to set up camp and call your garden their home.
Unless having a garden of weeds is your idea, an easy fix is to apply mulch to those open spots not covered by existing plants. What does mulch do? It helps keep the soil cool — important in Malaysian weather, and deprive that spot of light, thus discouraging growth. What it encourages instead, as the growth of insects such as crickets and beetles that eat weed seeds. Do note that it’s important to consistently replenish the mulch to maintain 2 inches of depth. Alternatively, you can also use cardboard, newspaper or any biodegradable fabric before spreading mulch on top.
Before doing the above, make sure you pull out the roots of the weeds otherwise it will defeat the purpose.
Avoid overturning and breaking up the soil
As fun as tilling can be for some, what might be happening is that you’re taking all the weeds on the surface (where they won’t germinate), and helping them get into the soil. Feel like a fool? Better late than never! Over time, tilling might also cause harm to the soil’s structure. If you’re really looking to spend time in your garden, spend it mulching instead of tilling!
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Don’t overdo the “hoe-ing”
It’s necessary from time to time to use a hoe and loosen the soil around your plants as it opens up the area for more air and helps nutrients and water to seep in easily. Hence, some hoe-ing is good. Overdo it and the problem becomes similar to overtilling — you’re helping the weed seeds get into the soil.
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These are the 3 basic things you should know about keeping weeds out of your garden before taking on to more serious action. If it’s beyond your control or simply, you’d prefer spending time reading to your daughter than working in the garden, consult one of Kaodim‘s expert gardener of landscape companies to transform your garden into a well-groomed, scenic space worthy of admirers.