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