PHOENIX -- As the rain-soaked monsoon season approaches, it's time to take a look at how to keep your yard clear of weeds.
There's really no way to completely prevent weeds from growing. But according to Garden Guy Dave Owens, there are some steps you can take to keep things in control.
One action you can take is to try hand weeding. Do it while the weeds are small, before they seed, so they don't spread. You can also apply 10 percent vinegar when the weeds are small. "On very hot days it will pound those weeds into the soil," Dave told Scott Pasmore. "Put it in a sprayer, spray it right on, and you do not need to dilute it."
Keep an eye out for areas that are being over-sprayed or over-watered, since that can promote weed growth.
Dave says it's ideal to apply pre‐emergent product to your yard prior to the monsoon, since the water activates the pre‐emergent product, and helps get it into the ground. That will help eliminate any new seeds as they germinate.
Weeds are a natural thing that you can’t stop, but with proper maintenance you can control it. Try avoiding using chemical-based products, as weeds can become resistant to them over time, and you could also be harming the environment.
Dave had another suggestion: mulch. "Go ahead and put down a mulch, a cedar bark, anything along the line of a compost," he says. "Not only does this help get rid of insects, but it creates the ideal situation to prevent weeds from growing."
Weeds like the heat, sunlight and water, so regular yard maintenance is the best thing you can do to help reduce the amount that might germinate or spread.
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