Mulch is an invaluable gardening tool that can provide greater control over the intrusion of grass and weeds. By adding a layer of mulch to your flowerbeds, tree bases and other areas, you’ll discourage grass and weeds from growing.
This is because mulch works to block sunlight, preventing plants from emerging through the soil – at least that’s how it’s supposed to work. There are times when some grass or weeds may still appear through the mulch. So, how do you stop this from happening?
Use Landscaping Fabric
One simple and effective solution is to use landscaping fabric. By placing landscaping fabric over the soil and then covering it with mulch, you’ll create a stronger barrier of protection that’s naturally protected from grass and weeds.
Landscaping fabric consists of a durable textile that, like mulch, blocks sunlight and prevents the growth of weeds and grass. You can purchase it at most home improvement stores and plant nurseries. After covering your soil with the landscaping fabric, add a layer of mulch for a higher level of protection from grass and weeds.
Spray With Vinegar
Of course, another idea is to spray the encroaching weeds and grass with vinegar. You can really use any herbicide, but vinegar is safe, all natural and inexpensive. By mixing it with a small amount of liquid dish soap, you’ll create a thicker consistency, allowing it to stick to grass and weeds.
When you see them emerge through the mulch, spray them directly with the soapy vinegar, after which they should die. This isn’t a permanent solution, but it’s still an effective solution for dealing with stubborn grass and weeds.
Define the Edges
Don’t forget to edge the areas around your mulched flowerbed. Why is this necessary? By edging, especially creating a deep edge, you’ll discourage grass and weed roots from making their way under your mulch.
It’s frustrating when you invest your time, money and energy into mulching a flowerbed, only to discover that weeds have taken over shortly thereafter. After all, one of the main purposes of mulch is to keep the flowerbed weed free.
The good news is that you can discourage weeds, grass and other invasive plant life from emerging through the mulch by using the tips listed here. Landscaping fabric, vinegar spray and well-defined edges are key to keeping your flowerbed and mulch weed free.
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