FOLLOW THESE TIPS TO MAKE WEEDING LESS OF A CHORE. AIM TO START WEEDING EARLY IN SPRING.
WEED WHEN THE SOIL IS MOIST. It’s essential—and much easier—to pull whole plants by their roots. Try to do it right after a rain, but if that’s not possible, first give the bed a thorough soaking with the sprinkler then weed the next day.
WEED ON A DRY, SUNNY DAY. The weeds you remove on a sunny day will shrivel in the sun, especially if piled on a cement walk or in a bucket. Hoe annual weeds on a sunny day, making sure to sever the plant from its roots (see “ID Your Weeds,” page 18). If weeding on cool, overcast, moist days, collect and remove weeds from the garden.
PROTECT YOURSELF. Wear tough, well-fitting gloves. Consider nitrile or latex-dipped gloves found at garden centers or automotive or paint stores. Invest in a kneeling pad or kneepads to make weeding more comfortable and keep your clothes cleaner.
USE CHEMICALS AS A LAST RESORT. Herbicides can be effective on mature plants. Some herbicides attack grasses only and are good choices for flowerbeds. Other herbicides are “nonselective,” so they kill everything they touch. Follow all label directions exactly. Repeat applications may be necessary to kill mature weeds.