Weeding tools are one piece of the solution. It’s no secret that weeding consistently ranks as most individual’s most unpopular gardening chore. But there is some good news in the battle over weeds: Homeowners tired of spending backbreaking hours in the yard pulling dandelions can rest a little easier thanks to proven procedures, clever tips and innovative weeding tools. Here are some pieces of advice from garden and lawn experts designed to make weed removal and prevention less of a problem, including:
Build up the lawn. Cultivating a strong lawn is one of the simplest ways to force out weeds. Dandelions and other common broadleaf weeds can’t keep up with vigorously growing grass plants. The healthier and more lush your grass is, the less room there is for weeds.
Develop the soil. Conditioning the dirt is an easy way to cut down on weeds — and make the ones that do sprout up easier to pull. Using peat moss is a very effective technique of getting the soil into shape. Sprinkle a layer of peat moss over the lawn and lightly spread it around with a rake. This procedure, called “top dressing,” slowly conditions the lawn over the duration of a season so it’s more resistant to thatch and disease – and helps keep weeds from growing. Peat moss also reduces the amount of fertilizer and water a lawn requires. It is also an effective addition to the garden. Till two inches of peat moss into the top half a foot of dirt to help loosen the soil and make it easier to pull weeds.