It’s big bad weed time in everyone’s garden and I’ve been getting a lot of desperate emails about homeowners needing help getting things under control.
So I’ve decided to tackle the top four weeds that are invading our lawns and gardens.
First up is the dreaded crab grass. Crabgrass (Latin name Digitaria) is a slender- bladed spreader that thankfully is an annual in our Canadian climate. Named after the Latin word for finger, digitus, this creepy grass sends long finger-like strands that mature into other clumps of grass in the lawn. Crabgrass is tricky to get rid of because it is part of the grass family. Any herbicides or easy fixes will also kill off your lawn at the same time.
Ever since I mentioned the idea of creating a weed barrier using newspaper and mulch, readers have been asking for the instructions. Today is the day to answer all of your questions with a simple step-by-step process that includes pictures.
Most of the plants we cherish in our gardens started out in the wild until someone decided they would look good around the house. Weeds are simply plants that grow in spots you don’t want them. Most of our landscaping plants (and the weeds) need three things to grow — soil, sunlight and water. If you can take one of these three things away … voila! No more plants. In this case, we are creating a barrier to block the weeds from getting sunlight.