Weed Control in Landscape Planting Beds
Welcome to Weed Science Wednesday, a weekly series aimed at helping homeowners and horticulture professionals better identify and manage common landscape weeds in Florida.
Weed control is one of the most expensive and time-consuming aspects of landscape maintenance. Controlling weeds in landscape beds can be a difficult endeavor. Most landscape beds contain a variety of trees, shrubs, and bedding plants, which makes choosing herbicides difficult. As a result, we often end up using mulch, hand pulling weeds, or occasionally spot spraying with a non-selective postemergence herbicide to manage weed. While these methods are effective, they can be labor-intensive.
Many often overlooked chemical and non-chemical weed control methods can significantly improve weed control and reduce maintenance costs. Weed control in landscape beds starts with designing a landscape with weed suppression in mind. Designing the landscape bed so that ornamental occupy most of the space will prevent many weeds from establishing. The best time to control existing weeds is before anything is planted in a landscape bed. Methods such as soil solarization, hoe and till, or the use of herbicide can be effective. These methods will help you get a head start on your weed management program and reduce future weed pressure.
For further information and specific recommendations for chemical, physical and cultural weed controls in landscape beds, please consult: Improving Weed Control in Landscape Planting Beds