A Beginner’s Guide to Garden Weed Control: Three Things You Should Know

If you’re a newbie gardener you probably have mixed emotions and have a few questions when it comes to garden weed control. “I want my fruit, veggies, and flowers to grow. Should I be worried about weeds? Will they ruin everything? What should I do?”

It’s a tricky topic… But luckily our experts are here to help!

This beginner’s guide offers three vital pieces of information that’ll help you with questions you’re facing.

The most effective form of garden weed control is routine maintenance

To get straight to the point: Don’t leave it until the last minute…

It’s hard to put time into anything before you absolutely need to. But if you want the
upper hand with garden weed control, a routine is essential. Especially during the rainy

  • For lawn areas, monitor your garden at least three days a week and use a powerful weed-control treatment like No Weed Lawn RTU to kill those frustrating weeds before they take over.
  • Weeds should be sprayed when it is unlikely to rain for at least six to eight hours. You don’t want the weed killer to be diluted by rain. When the weed killer is taken up by the plant, it will be less effective. Spray during calm weather to avoid the spray being blown away from the intended area by a gust of wind. Avoid hot, dry weather because it promotes weed hardiness and growth, which reduces weed killer movement into and throughout the plant. Weed killer should be applied early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
  • Apply a light treatment evenly over the weeds’ leaf surface. To achieve the best results, combine the weed killer concentrate with a wetting agent such as Efekto G49 Wetter. Do not mow for three days before and after treatment. Treat new lawns at least 6 months after sowing or laying a new lawn in the spring. Children and pets should be kept away from the treated area until the spray has dried.
  • How does the weed killer work? When applied as directed, the weed killer mix stimulates broad-leafed weed hormones, causing plant cells to grow faster than they can sustain, resulting in cell wall collapse and death which allows the grass to grow.
  • Mulch can relieve stress by blocking light and preventing weed growth in some grassy areas.

Essential: Be sure to read all precautions, warnings, and directions for use to stay protected. Safety first!

A home garden with trees and well-trimmed grass

Don’t give your plants too much space

By keeping your plants within close proximity, you starve the surrounding soil of room for the weeds to grow. Wicked weeds love to create havoc within the gaps in the soil between your plants.

What should you do?

  • Rather than scattering them around sporadically, plant in tighter, close-knit spaces, in a mass-planting effort, to better your chance of successful garden weed control.
  • Remember: You want to keep enough space for when they fully mature, but close enough to prevent garden weeds from thriving.
  • Depending on the species you’re growing, you also need to consider the details of plant diseases and how they spread.

What many people forget about garden weed control

You may be admiring your garden and thinking (with boundless pride): “I’ve never seen anything so beautiful in my life” – which is great.

But most people forget there are sneaky spots where intruding weeds are growing—often hidden from plain sight in obscure, odd places.

  • Pavement cracks
  • Driveway gaps
  • Between bricks
  • Holes in the floor
  • Spaces between concrete
  • Rooftop gutters, and more.

Examine these areas and make sure you haven’t accidentally overlooked them.

weeds growing between pavement bricks

Efekto Clear Up Concentrate and Efekto No Weed Paving RTU are intended for use on paved areas, tarmac, gravel areas, paving, patios, and driveways. Our products are non-selective, translocated weed killers that travel through the leaves to the root to prevent weeds from growing back or regenerating, but they do not control the seeds in these areas.

Still struggling to determine which weeds you’re dealing with? Read up on the most common types of weeds you should look for and find out which weedkiller products are right for you.

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