The Best Way to Avoid Weeds in Your Yard

Female Gardening Weeding Weed Plants Grass In Vegetable Beds Of Onion Close Up. Weed Removal.


There are few things a homeowner hates more than weeds. You work hard to keep your grass beautiful and green so there’s nothing more annoying than finding these little pests festering. We know no one has time to pull weeds every week so we’ve put together a few tips to prevent weeds and preserve your yard’s beauty:


Mulch Madness

Mulch offers a variety of benefits for your soil including keeping it cool, moist and depriving weeds of sunlight. Even better, organic mulch contains crickets and beetles which enjoy snacking on weed seeds. It’s crucial to keep your mulch about 3 inches thick to ensure you’re depriving the soil of oxygen. If you aren’t a fan of mulch in your yard, you can also deprive weeds of light with cardboard, newspaper or biodegradable fabrics.


Dig Only When Needed

Did you know your yard is covered in weed seeds? Although, only the ones in the top inch or two of your soil receive enough light to develop. Digging in your yard brings more weed seeds to the surface, putting you at risk for even more weeds. Try to dig only when you absolutely need to and apply a layer of mulch when done. This will strip any weed seeds you brought to the surface of the sunlight they need to flourish.



Do you know when is the best time for you to slip on gloves and pull some weeds? Right after it rains. If you prefer to weed in dry conditions, it’s suggested to use a hoe. This is because weeds cut off just below the soil will shrivel up and die, especially if your hoe has a sharp edge. There’s an old saying “Pull when wet, hoe when dry,” to help you remember when to pull and when to hoe.


Water Plants, Not Weeds

When watering, ensure you’re only watering plants, not weeds. Depriving weeds of water is an easy way to kill them off. In most cases, cutting off weeds’ water supply decreases the odds of them growing or multiplying by about 50 percent. You can avoid watering them by placing a drip hose beneath mulch, this efficiently irrigates plants while leaving neighboring weeds thirsty. If you think your irrigation might be a part of your weed problem, give Harrison Irrigation a call. We’d be happy to adjust your irrigation system to optimize water to plants, not weeds.


Plant Placement

Did you know the placement of your plants can have an affect on weed growth in your yard? The farther apart your plants are planted, the more opportunity there is for weeds to grow. When plants are planted closely together, it chokes the space weeds need to grow. Eliminate weed-friendly gaps by planting plants 25 percent closer together than the recommended spacing.


If none of these strategies are working for you or your weed problem is just out of control, it may have something to do with your irrigation practices. This isn’t a problem you can procrastinate, as your weeds grow, the harder and more time consuming it is to get rid of them. We’d be more than happy to take a look at your landscape irrigation. Give your Jacksonville irrigation experts, Harrison Irrigation, a call before it’s too late.