How to Weed Your Garden

Don't let weeds become the enemy of your garden. See tips and tricks on how to easily get rid of weeds in your garden.

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Weeds are one of a gardener's worst enemies. They takeover your garden's water supply with no shame, killing off your most beloved plants and flowers. Many gardeners think grabbing weeds and yanking them up is an effective way to get the job done—this can actually do more harm than just leaving them. By yanking leaves and not grabbing the roots, you are letting new growth start, therefore enabling the weeds to spread. To make your weeding even easier, do it when the soil is moist. Dry, hard soil is tougher for getting those roots out of the ground. Say goodbye to pesky weeds in your garden for good with our helpful weeding guide.

Identify weeds with our weed identification guide.

Short Weeds

Low weeds can spread like crazy around your garden. Common short weeds you'll find in your backyard include chickweed, plantain, purslane, wild violet, knotweed, henbit, and prostrate spurge. To control them, get your hand underneath the foliage and feel around for where the stems come out of the ground. Use a trowel to dig under the roots of the weed and pull up. Be sure to clean up any leaves when digging up, too—the leaves themselves can further spread weed growth.

Tall Weeds

Tall, longer weeds are a little more straightforward. Common tall weeds you'll find in your garden include dayflower, velvetleaf, smartweed, pigwee, Canada thistle, and quickweed. Grab the stem as close to the ground as you can and pull up. Use a trowel to assist; dig as deep below the root as you can and lever the weed out of the ground. As with short weeds, do your best not to leave any weed debris around the garden, as this can cause weeds to still spread.

Taproot Weeds

Taproot weeds are tricky: they have one large root that can extend as far as a foot beneath the soil's surface. The most common taproot weeds you'll find in your garden are dandelions. To get rid of these pesky weeds, you'll definitely need a trowel or weeder. Sink your tool under the ground next to the base of the plant. Then, wiggle it toward the weed, which will help pop the roots out of the ground without breaking them.

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