The best way gardeners can save themselves time (and the nuisance of constant weeding!), is by applying mulch.
This is true for every type of garden, from vegetable garden to flower bed. Mulched gardens are healthier, more weed free, and more drought-resistant then un-mulched gardens, so you'll spend less time watering, weeding, and fighting pest problems.
There are two basic kinds of mulch: organic and inorganic. Organic mulches include formerly living material such as chopped leaves, straw, grass clippings, compost, wood chips, shredded bark, sawdust, pine needles, and even paper.
Inorganic mulches include gravel, stones, black plastic, and geotextiles (landscape fabrics).
Both types discourage weeds, but organic mulches also improve the soil as they decompose.
Using Organic Mulches
There are two iron clad rules for using organic mulches to combat weeds. First, be sure to lay the mulch down on soil that is already weeded. Second, lay down a thick enough layer to discourage new weeds from coming up through it.
It can take a 8-10cm layer of mulch to completely discourage weeds, although a 4-7cm layer is usually enough in shady spots where weeds aren't as prevalent as they are in full sun.
Spreading organic mulch saves labor and nurtures plants by:
Hurray for the rain! And now we can talk about rain gardens, and how they can make an attractive decorative addition to your garden, as well as conserve precious water.
Are you making the most of your outdoor space? Given our beautiful, temperate climate, it makes sense to create outdoor rooms & living spaces which add value to your property, add living space to your home, & become a place where you will make happy memories with family & friends.