Weeds are considered by most people to be any plant that is in a place where you don't want it to be. More than just irritating eyesores, some weeds can be aggressive, crowding out less competitive flowers, shrubs and vegetables. Here are some techniques to control them.
Don't let weeds upstage your garden
You love the places where your flowers and shrubs grow. Trouble is, so do weeds. Weeds thrive in the sun in your flowerbed. They love the water and plant food you give your flowers. You don't find quite as many under shrubs, but weeds are happy to crowd in on any well - tended plant. Fortunately, you have ways of dealing with these freeloaders.
Attack the Weeds You See
As tempting as it is, avoid pulling weeds, since many of them only grow right back. Instead, spray them with a weed control, such as Roundup® Weed & Grass Killer. It kills weeds to the root, so they won't grow back. Be sure to protect your flowers and shrubs with a sheet of cardboard when you spray. For more information about using Roundup® products in sensitive areas, read the FAQ, How do I use Roundup® products in mulch, flower and garden beds?
Keep Them from Coming Back
Two or three inches of mulch will help to keep weeds in check. Then all you have to do is enjoy your landscape without having weeds steal the show.