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How To Deal With Garden Weeds

Keeping your garden free of weeds allows your plants to flourish. Many gardeners even find weeding relaxing!


  • Step 1: Use a hand weeder or hand cultivator to pry carefully under the weed. Pull up the entire weed, including the root system, to prevent regrowth.
  • TIP: Know your weeds from your flowers and vegetables before you begin digging!
  • Step 2: Use a weeding hoe for larger areas where weeds are growing but plants are not close by. Break up the ground with the hoe and remove weeds.
  • TIP: Remove weeds when the soil is moist but not waterlogged.
  • Step 3: Gather weeds in a bag or wheelbarrow and check local regulations for approved methods of disposal. Annual weeds may be composted, but avoid composting perennial weeds.
  • Step 4: To help control weeds in the future, use organic mulch such as grass clippings or wood chips, or synthetic mulch such as black polyethylene film. Mulch slows weed growth.
  • Step 5: Another weed-prevention option is to apply an herbicide. Follow the instructions carefully – herbicides can be toxic to humans and animals.
  • Step 6: Enjoy your beautiful, weed-free garden!
  • FACT: The giant hogweed is the world's largest weed, measuring 12 feet high with yard-long leaves.

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