Gardeners and homeowners are well aware of how damaging weeds can be to their lawns and garden. It is also essential to understand how weeds spread. In this post, we share helpful tips and preventative solutions for suppressing garden weeds throughout every season.
What You Need to Know About Weeds and How to Treat Them
Here at Plateau Landscaping, we want to provide you with adequate knowledge to control and manage weeds before they cause permanent damage to your beloved garden.
How to Identify Weeds and Why They’re Bad
Weeds aren’t just annoying; they’re considered invasive plants. Unlike native shrubs and flora, weeds were introduced into Australia from another country, typically growing in various areas of your garden, lawn and backyard.
Weeds are a threat to our native plant life and wildlife. The damage caused by weeds also impacts agriculture, food prices and our general health.
Why Suppressing Garden Weeds is a Community Effort
We all need to take care of our gardens and public areas, keeping them free of weeds.
Did you know? The NSW Biosecurity Act 2015 explains that all members of the community in New South Wales have a legal duty to protect the environment from weeds.
The Act also contains a list of state priority weeds to use as a helpful reference. The document also provides a guideline to prevent, eliminate, and minimise the risk created by weeds.
Another resource, the Weeds of the North Coast of NSW guide, is functional for local residents to understand and identify regional priority weeds, and how to control those weeds.
Practical Methods to Remove Weeds
When pulling out weeds manually, it’s essential to wear protective gloves. Also, digging up all the roots from the ground is vital, as weeds can still thrive from dead or rotted plants.
Removing weeds through biological control involves using natural enemies such as insects, mites and even plant diseases. Using biocontrol agents from other plants and wildlife makes suppressing garden weeds a natural process that is also eco-friendly.
Before attempting to suppress garden weeds with chemical herbicides, it’s crucial to read the label carefully. Certain products will require a permit, and users will need to comply with permit conditions.
Effective Weed Control Methods
Using mulch will help retain the health of your soil while controlling weeds. If weeds are thick and mature, it’s best to mow or cut them before applying mulch.
When suppressing garden weeds with a chemical spray, please use the spray with caution. Commercially produced herbicides can be toxic and dangerous. A safer alternative is to create homemade mixtures from salt, vinegar and soap.
Try to keep a close eye on your garden and remove weeds as soon as they appear. Regular weeding will help prevent them from further spreading across your yard and lawn. It will also avoid costly management and control solutions.
How to Prevent Weeds
While weed prevention requires extra care and attention, your garden will reap long-term benefits. Suppressing garden weeds can be incorporated into a daily gardening routine by:
- Ensuring your existing plants are free from weeds
- Removing or having plants that will potentially grow into weeds
- Constantly clearing your garden from garden waste
Feel free to call our friendly staff to chat about your lawn and garden weeds. Our experienced team can help put together a practical weed plan.
As the local organic mulch suppliers in Ballina, Byron Bay, Alstonville and the Northern Rivers area, we can help keep your garden healthy and clear from weeds. We have all the landscape supplies and products you need to keep your lawn tip-top shape.
Visit our landscape supplies centre in Alstonville for gardening and landscaping inspiration. We can also deliver your landscape supplies to Alstonville, Byron Bay, Northern Rivers and Ballina.
Need help with suppressing garden weeds? Contact us on 02 6788 1234 to chat with our friendly staff or call into our premises at 14 Kays Lane, Alstonville.