Free advice from Lee Reich, author of Weedless Gardening and past researcher for the USDA and Cornell University. Taking his experience and the experiences of other gardeners, he came up with a way of essentially eliminating weed problems. Here is the simplified version, to get the full story read the article Weedless Gardening:
- Minimize soil disturbance. In other words, do not till or otherwise turn over the soil and disturb its natural layering. He tells you why and how.
- Designate permanent areas for planting and permanent areas for your feet, wheelbarrows, or other traffic. “I direct ‘traffic’ in my vegetable garden with beds and paths, in my flowerbeds with stepping stones.”
- Keep the soil covered. “I give my vegetable garden’s hungry plants an annual, one inch deep mulch of compost, the paths get wood chips, and my flowerbeds get shredded or decomposed leaves.”
- Where regular watering is needed, use drip irrigation. Drip irrigation pinpoints water to plants rather than wasting it watering paths, weeds, or bare space between widely spaced plants.
Read the great article: Weedless Gardening.