How to plant without dealing with weeds?

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  • Shoshana Shoshana on Jun 19, 2017
    I'd suggest laying down a mulch spread and perhaps even a weed fabric to smother the weeds and allow your plants to grow.

  • LJ Peterson LJ Peterson on Jun 20, 2017
    If money is an issue you can get weed black from the dollar store sometimes (4x8 rectangles for a dollar) or go to the grocery store and get their empty boxes flatten them out and pin them down with hooks made from wire coat hangers. Cut one coat hanger in half, cut off the curled part on top and you have two hooks.

  • 2dogal 2dogal on Jun 20, 2017
    If you figure that out, all gardeners will be eternally grateful.
    The best you can do is eliminate as many as possible before you plant. You will always have some weeds as seeds and roots can migrate.

    I double dig when I'm starting a new bed. With each shovel full that gets turned over, I go through the dirt getting out as many roots as possible. The when weed pops up, I make sure it's pulled with the roots before it goes to seed. It's labor intensive to start, but then I never have much weeding to do - ever.

    I'm in the process of planting a slope with vinning perennials so I don't want any weeds growing ever. I'm killing all grass and weeds with 3 applications of weed killer over a few months before I plant.

    Mulching well with at least 3 inches of mulch after planting also works although weeds do get through. I don't like using weed fabric as after a few years I find it's pretty worthless.