Do you ever ask yourself “How can I do a better job controlling weeds in my flower beds?” If so you’re certainly not alone. Weed control in our flower beds and around our landscaping can be a never-ending nightmare, right?

Mulching yearly, using weed mats and even using pre-emergent products can reduce hand weeding, but even after all that work breakthrough of unwanted weeds and vegetation is seemingly inevitable. This problem is okay for those homeowners in the Northeastern Pennsylvania area who love spending time in their gardens or have the time to manicure their home’s exteriors, but for some who simply do not have the time or desire to deal with hand weeding a few times a week, there are solutions that won’t break the bank.

Under $200.00 a year will cover the cost to treat most mulch bed areas every time one of Green Machine’s professional lawn care technician fertilizes your lawn. This gives a perfectly manicured look to your property without paying a landscaper a weekly fee.

This option is typically not for folks that are gardeners with lots of precious perennials and timed bulbs blooming in every season. Commercial weed control products can damage underground bulbs and roots systems that are not marked.  However, for simple landscapes with open mulch areas, you cannot beat the price to free up time and increase curb appeal.

DIY Tips For Weed Control

  • Install a biodegradable weed mat or newspaper layer before landscaping.
  • Lightly mulch every year with clean mulch free of seeds and fungus
  • Don’t over mulch! This creates moisture and decay of the mulch thereby creating a seedbed for weeds.
  • Get a pre-emergent down so that seeds that blow into your beds can not germinate
  • Be vigilant; the more often you weed the less spreading of unwanted vegetation- never allow weeds to go to seed.
  • Get the WHOLE weed: In most cases, pulling off the top of a weed will not kill it. You must get the whole root.
  • Maintain your plants and keep them fertilized and pruned, a healthy landscape will naturally deter weeds.
  • Apply a post-emergent weed control such as roundup or for those looking to go fully organic look into a vinegar/salt/dish soap option  to control unwanted weeds down to the roots

Having a beautiful landscape and curb appeal takes a lot of work, but it can be a rewarding and relaxing hobby for many homeowners. If yard work is NOT satisfying or fulfilling to you it may be worth it to let the professionals at Green Machine Lawn Care tune up those weeds and keep an eye on your trees and shrubs so you can enjoy your free time in your own way. Contact Us Today to discuss how we can help.