How to Prevent Weeds From Growing in a New Garden Plot

Views: 20014 | Last Update: 2009-02-06
Prevent weeds from growing in a new garden plot by covering the plot with newspaper or plastic strips to keep the sun from getting to the weeds. Create a raised bed garden over a weed-filled garden plot with advice from a sustainable gardener in this... View Video Transcript

About this Author

Yolanda Vanveen

Video Transcript

Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment, we're going to talk about, how to prevent weeds from growing in a new garden plot, so we set aside an area for a garden, and we might have it tilled up, or we might bring some compost in, or use our own soil, and it's beautiful and brown, and within a month, there's just weeds everywhere, and it just drives you crazy, because you spent all this time and money, getting this new garden plot down, and you haven't put the plants in yet, you haven't gotten to it, and there's weeds everywhere, but there's a few simple rules that you can follow, or simple methods, that can stop the weeds from growing. The easiest is laying down newspaper, or cardboard, or anything that you can do, to stop the weeds from getting sunlight. Even if you lay down plastic strips, anything that you can do to stop the soil from getting any kind of light, is the best way to do it, and by pulling the weeds periodically, it takes a lot of time, but it's always easy to do, and what I've been doing too, is I've got a big compost pile, and anytime that the new garden plot starts to get a lot of weeds on it, I just take a lot of compost out of the compost pile, and just put a thin layer on top of the weeds, because I found it's much easier to put dirt on top of the weeds, than try to pull out the weeds and start over, and that way, you can plant right into that new soil, and garden plots, and garden raised beds, they love to be raised, so there's really no rules on how high you can go, so just by adding leaves, and adding branches, a lot to times, even if you've got trees that are down from the winter, by putting those branches on your new garden plot, you'll stop the weeds from coming up as well, so anything that you can do to cover the soil, will prevent the weeds from coming up, and then that way, when you are ready to plant, the soil will be really nice. There won't be weeds, and then your garden will grow lush, immediately.