Planting Before You Clear the Weeds
This is a huge no-no, yet impatient gardeners do it all the time. You try and convince yourself that once you get your plants in, you’ll come back and do a thorough clean-up. In the meantime, the weeds get worse. They may even flower and go to seed. You will be playing catch up all summer.
Really clear the area, before planting a new bed. In existing beds that have gotten a little weedy from neglect, don’t just pull the weeds near the planting hole and leave the new plant to compete with encroaching space hogs. Give it some room to spread out on its own.
If you are really tight on time or ambition, think about putting down newspaper to smother the weeds. Four to 6 sheets of newspaper over the weedy spots can make fast work of weeds and straying grass. Cover it with a layer of mulch. You’ve killed to problems with one effort - you’ve weeded and mulched. Your garden will look so much better. This is my favorite way of weeding, and working on the gardens. Till next time, this is Becky Litterer from Becky's Greenhouse, Dougherty Iowa