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Controlling Weeds in the Garden

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How do so many weeds find their way into your garden? If there's a bare spot in your garden, a weed seed will find it. Weeds aren't bad plants, they're just plants growing where you don't want them to. Some weeds are easily removed by hand and others are persistent about growing back and become more and more difficult to eradicate the longer they are left to establish themselves and spread. That doesn't mean there's nothing you can do about them. Where there's a weed, there's a way.

Annual versus Perennial Weeds

A Perennial Weed, Like this Ground Ivy, Will Quickly Take Over Your Garden.
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It helps to know what you're up against. Annual weeds are easier to remove, but they can go to seed and multiple very quickly. Perennial weeds make themselves at home for the long run. They can set seed and often spread even faster by roots and rhizomes.

Limiting Weeds in the Garden

Most Weeds Come into the Garden by Wind, Birds or Hitchhiking with New Plants, Like This.
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How do so many weed seeds find your garden? It pays to know how they're finding their way in, so that you can devise methods for blocking them before they become established.

Mulch - A Weeds Worst Enemy?

The Right Mulch, like this Shredded Straw in the Vegetable Garden, Will Help Supress Weeds.
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Mulch is any type of material that is spread or laid over the surface of the soil as a covering. It is used to retain moisture in the soil,keep the soil cool and make the garden bed look more attractive. It can even be used to smother weed seeds before they see the light of day.

Weeding Tools

Old-fashioned Hoes Make Quick Work of Weeds.
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Try as you might, (and you will), there's no avoiding weeds. Get into the habit of pulling a few stray weeds every time you walk by your garden will help control the problem, but when time gets away from you and the weeds run amuck, then it's time to bring out the heavy artillery. Thankfully, yanking weeds is great therapy.
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