Weeds are considered by most people to be any plant that is in a place where you don't want it to be. More than just irritating eyesores, some weeds can be aggressive, crowding out less competitive flowers, shrubs and vegetables. Here are some techniques to control them.
Don't Let Weeds Take a Bite out of Your Vegetable Garden.
Weeds just love vegetable gardens. There's plenty of sun, the soil is great, water is plentiful, and the competition is weak. Naturally, you want to discourage that attitude.
Kick Them Out First, kill the existing weeds with a product such as Roundup® Weed & Grass Killer. If your garden is in the seedling stage, pinch off small weeds nearby. For more information about using Roundup® products in garden beds, read the FAQ, How do I use Roundup® products in mulch, flower and garden beds?
Keep Them Out
Once the big weeds are gone, stop new weeds from sprouting. Black plastic stops all weeds from sprouting. But two to four inches of organic mulch puts nutrients in your soil while inhibiting weed growth. The more you control weeds this year, this less of a problem they'll be next year.