Newbies to gardening hear a lot of weeding, but may not necessarily understand what all the fuss is about. What’s the big deal if a few weeds sprout out among the flowers, vegetables, shrubs or trees, right? The big deal is that your garden spot is literally a battlefield. Blood may not be spilled, but all those beautiful, fragrant or food-bearing plants you work so hard to raise are in constant competition with weeds for vital nutrients in the soil, water and sunlight. If you allow weeds to gain the advantage, the battlefield with be strewn with the victims you specifically chose for growth.
It is always better to prevent the arrival of weeds than it is to rid them from your garden afterward. Even better if is you can utilize your weapons in the battle against weeds in a way that adds to the aesthetic quality of your garden. One way to combine these two advantages is through the addition of plants known as groundcover. Groundcover is a broad term that applies to densely-grown plants that can provide an attractive border between the stars of your garden and the weeds aching to bring them down.
Boiled to Death
If weeds are threatening your rock garden or the path of stepping stones leading to your garden area, you may be able to kill off intrusive weeds with nothing more than complicated or dangerous than boiling water. Weed-killing herbicides may be quite effective, but their toxicity can easily spread out to include the very plants you are trying to save, especially in areas of precise landscaping like rock gardens. Instead, boil a pot of water and use the precision of your guiding hand to douse just the invasive weeds. This can be a very effective means of doing away with small thatches of weeds working their way up through spaces between rocks, around stepping stones and through cracks.
A patch of wild-growing weeds located far enough away from your garden may not seem like it presents much of a danger or threat. Just keep in mind that weeds can spread quicker than you might think. Better to deal with a small but organized platoon of weeds now than have to deal with a full-blown army of weeds later. One way to deal with weeds that are far enough away from you garden plants that they won’t be affected is with salt. Plain old table salt can be liberally sprinkled over a wild thatch of weeds and effectively control and maintain them even if it does not necessarily kill them off. Just make sure that the salt never gets near the plants you are growing since they can suffer the same negative effects as the undesirable weeds.