How to Control Weeds


A weed is a plant that grows where it's not wanted. Weeds can make gardens and landscapes unsightly and can shade desirable plants, depriving them of sun, nutrients and water. Methods of controlling weeds in the garden include herbicide application, depriving weeds of sunlight or hand pulling.

Step 1

Apply an herbicide to weeds that are in the landscape but are away from flower and vegetable gardens. For example, around fences, barns, or other structures.

Step 2

Smother and prevent weeds from growing in the garden by adding sheets of newspaper over the weeds and soaking the newspaper with water. Keeping the newspapers wet will smother the weeds and it can be removed a few weeks after weeds have died.

Step 3

Add a 3- to 4-inch layer of mulch over weeds and area where weeds may grow. The mulch will smother the weeds and prevent new weeds from growing.

Step 4

Hand pull remaining weeds by pulling and digging out roots so the weeds cannot regrow.

Tips and Warnings

  • Read herbicide application instructions and warnings carefully.

Things You'll Need

  • Herbicide
  • Garden gloves
  • Newspaper
  • Mulch
  • Source of water


  • Organic weed control
  • Controlling weeds in the landscape
  • Preventing noxious weeds
Keywords: weed control, how to kill weeds, how to control weeds

About this Author

Based in Rockdale Texas, Jim Gober has been writing garden-related articles for 25 years. His articles appear in several Texas newspapers including The Rockdale Reporter, The Lexington Leader, The Cameron Herald and The Hearne Democrat. He is a Master Gardener and Certified Texas Nursery and Landscape Professional. He holds bachelor degrees in English Writing from St. Edward's University and Finance from Lamar University.