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How to Weed Your Garden Plants

Funny as it may seem, the subject of how to weed your garden is an important one. Surprisingly, you can weed incorrectly. And, you can disturb, and even damage your plants in the process. As I watched my neighbor struggle, using a weeding tool and his hands to remove weeds from the hard ground, I realized that thereís more to weeding than just attempting to yank them out.

Rather, thereís a method that is easier and much more effective. It all starts with making sure the soil is soft before you begin.

Hereís how:

  • When working with hard, dry soil, it is almost impossible to remove weeds and all of their roots. If the soil is hard, water the garden area just before dark the day before you weed it. By morning, the soil will be softer and much more workable.

  • When weeding by hand, grab the weed near ground level and pull it out. If the entire root system does not come up and out of the soil, dig it out with a hand tool.

  • When using hand tools, scrape the soil just below ground level. Remove cut weeds.

  • Scrape or dig the soil again. This time go deep enough to uproot the weed's entire root system. Allow the top of the soil to dry thoroughly, to kill the roots.

  • When digging close to your plants, slow down. Be careful to minimize disturbance of the plantís root system. The closer you get the the plant, the slower you should work, to avoid hitting the plant stem.

  • After the top of the soil has dried for a while, give your plants a good drink of water. Adding liquid fertilizer at this time,  will give your plants a big boost.

Tip: Throw those weeds into the composter.  Like other plants, they contain valuable nutrients. Once completely decomposed, the rich compost can feed your plants.

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