When it comes to gardening, weeds are a constant problem. They require a good chunk of time and maintenance. What if we told you that we have a solution for weedless gardening? We do! Our method is a mix of good mulch practices and natural stone.
Mulching and Quiet Soil
Mulch is a wonderful invention of gardening. It can be used to fertilize your soil, protect plants from scorching sun and torrential rains, and keep weeds at bay. Maintaining a thin layer of mulch over your soil is essential for keeping weed seeds dormant. Without access to sunlight, those seeds will never be triggered to grow. For tips on keeping up with organic fertilizers and mulches, all while preventing weeds from taking root, check out this website. Upon reading, you will see that while a mulch layer is a good starting point, there are a few more key steps to help cut down on weed issues.
Wondering how you are supposed to work in your garden without actually walking anywhere? This is where natural stone comes in. To keep from disturbing the soil and waking up weeds, it is a good idea to develop clear areas for humans to stand or kneel. Stone pathways throughout your garden are ways to clearly mark these areas. Check out these stone pathway tips for how to lay one down yourself without making a mess.
To maintain the philosophy of not disturbing the soil, you’ve got to come up with a way to water that won’t wake up those dormant weeds. How exactly does that happen? Drip irrigation is the way to do this- especially for those plants that need daily watering. This Old House has a great diagram to describe drip irrigation. It can be as simple as laying the correct hoses beneath the mulch layer and turning on the water at certain times of day.
Do you have a weedless garden?
Remember these four tips for a weedless garden: don’t disturb the soil, install stepping stones, add a mulch layer, and use drip irrigation. Keep in mind that your underlying philosophy is minimal interaction with your garden. Sound good? We thought so! Just to give you one more overview of the weedless gardening concept, watch this episode of Growing a Greener World with master gardener Lee Reich.
Do you have a weedless garden? If so, we want to hear your tips! Has this article inspired you to start a garden? Let us know about it! We love to hear from our readers.