Ilikai asks: I need some gardening tips.?
I live in a Boston suburb. The weeds in my garden are overwhelming. Any advice? Would putting a ground cover instead of mulching each year be better (cost wise and work wise)? What ground cover do you recommend? sunny areas.
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Answer by Jim N
Mulching will certainly help. Many serious gardeners cover ground between their plants with black plastic, old carpet or wood. However, the old fashioned method of hoeing will eventually result in a cleaner garden as the dormant weed seeds in the soil germinate and no new weed seeds are added. You’d be surprised at how quickly you can run a hoe through a garden to clean up the weeds, assuming you have good quality tilled soil. Another option (non-organic) is to use a product called Preen. This is a weedkiller that acts as a pre-emergent to prevent weeds from growing. Read the instructions carefully, but this will be an incredible help in keeping a clean garden. Keep in mind that allowing the weeds to get out of control will produce an even weedier garden next year.
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