There are three elements needed for your garden plants to survive: water, sunlight, and nutrients. Now, what do weeds need to survive? Yes, you guessed it right. Weeds need the same elements as plants. However, your backyard or garden cannot afford the growth of both the weeds and the plants.
Read on to learn more about how weeds can damage your garden and what you can do about it.
Weeds Occupy Space
If you don’t get weed control for the herb garden, the weeds will more likely take up all space and affect other plants’ growth. It wouldn’t be wrong to state that weeds compete with your garden plants for space and nutrients. That said, in the presence of weeds, the plants can never reach the full potential of their growth. Besides, it is typical for weds to cover an entire garden which can put nearby plants in danger.
Weeds Can be Parasitic
Believe it or not but there are weeds that can turn parasitic. In other words, weeds have the potential to attach themselves to the nearby plant roots or stems. Once they (the weeds) are attached to the plants, they drain them of all their nutrients and minerals. Subsequently, the affected plants become susceptible to diseases and insect infestation.
Weeds Absorb All Essential Nutrients From The Soil
Weeds absorb a similar supplement as plants. And if both co-exist in the same garden space, it can affect the growth of your plants. A lack of nutrients can damage plants and cause premature withering. Not to mention that a lack of nutrients, such as potassium and nitrogen, causes the plants to get infested with insects while making them vulnerable to different plant diseases.
In the presence of weeds in your backyard (or front yard), the weeds will absorb all essential soil nutrients, which can cause discoloration and unusual fruit growth.
Weeds Can do More Damage Than You Might Think
This might come as a shocker, but some weeds have the potential to damage your health as well. In other words, besides affecting the health of your plants, certain weeds can cause an allergic reaction, skin irritation, etc. You might have heard about ragweed allergy caused by a reaction to weeds. If you have a pool in the garden or a small pond, the presence of certain weeds, such as water hyacinth, can not only affect the water quality but can also spread to your entire water supply.
What Can You Do About Weed in Your Garden
We understand that prepping and maintain one’s garden requires loads of dedication, time, and genuine interest. If you like to keep your garden in order, the last thing you might want to face is losing your garden flowers and plants to a bunch of weeds.
Assess your garden for bare soil. An effective way to prevent weed from growing in bare soil is by sprinkling mulch over it. Also, avoid tilling your garden. Another effective way of weed-prevention is the plantation of cover crops.