With gardeners across the country ready to dig in and get their hands dirty, DIY Matters is here to help with some advice to keep your garden healthy and clutter-free.
Unfortunately, when spring arrives, so do weeds, making late winter and early spring the perfect time to get your weed control handled.
Most weeds get the edge over garden plants because they can sprout early in cool, soggy soil.
The plan should always be to mulch as much as possible in early spring. Mulch all new and vulnerable areas in order to keep your roots damp for longer.
Mulching is a great course of action in spring primarily because it can keep the weeds down and mulching finishes the gardening job for the rest of the season.
It also vastly improves the overall health of the soil and makes your landscaping look much more pleasing to the eye.
A layer of mulch on your garden beds will keep weeds down as well as reducing the need for water. Weed seeds will be less likely to get a foothold when the soil is covered, as long as you keep the entire surface in the dark.
In terms of keeping in the water, evaporation the soil surface will be reduces even with a thin layer - and a thicker layer may reduce it by 50%.
When to use landscape fabric to suppress new weeds
Those who prefer maintenance free mulching tend to use inorganic types that will last several years, like pebbles or stones.
You can use heavy-duty landscape fabric under the mulch to prevent the weeds getting through.
This works incredibly well as long as you use the right sort of weed control fabric. Woven landscape fabric is tough and will be resistant to wear and tear.
Many gardeners like to plant new things in their garden each season though so organic mulch is better option.
Some gardeners don't use landscape fabric underneath unless it's beneath a permanent walkway.
But it can be very useful in some instances. DIY Matters recommends the non-woven spun-bonded type in this instance, which allows for nutrients to get through while being bonded tightly enough together to prevent even the smallest weed getting through.