Having good topsoil is important for any agricultural project. But making sure your landscape doesn’t have weeds is also critical. Granted, with the different types of landscapes available today, weed management is more challenging than ever before. So how do you make sure your landscape doesn’t have any of those pesky plants?
First, you should evaluate your site before you begin any project. This includes inspecting the land for drainage, soil compaction, shading, and water infiltration rate. While you’re doing this, you need to recognize which type of weeds grow on your landscape. And you should do this twice. The first time is late winter to see if you have any winter perennial weeds. The other time is in mid-to-late summer for summer ones. After you do this, you’re ready to prepare your site.
Control Existing Weeds
Next, you can control existing weeds on your site. If you have perennials, you can use herbicides to treat these weeds. In fact, two herbicides can help you accomplish this: Non-selective translocated herbicides kill perennial weeds. And non-selective contact herbicides control the weeds.
Soil solarization is done in the summer. This process includes covering the landscape in clear plastic for four to six weeks. This is an environmentally-friendly process. It helps prevent weeds, fungi, and bacteria from growing in the landscape.
Keep in mind, your plant choice for your landscape helps your weed management. If you install mowing strips, planter beds, and borders, this helps reduce weed encroachment. Also, if you install woody plants, they’re more tolerant to herbicides. So your plants will grow while your weeds, well, won’t.
For more information about weed management, specifically how to get rid of your weeds once your landscape project is finished, check our blog for part two of this two-part blog.