Spring time is the perfect time for all of your self sown seeds to populate your garden beds. The weather and your garden beds (and paths, and pavers, and lawn) do not discriminate, any seed will do. And so as you enjoy the warm sun, a million little green weeds will grow so much faster than any seed you ever intentionally planted in your life.

It has been said many times over – weed a little, weed often. And not a truer word was said, as I remind myself every year when I weed my entire front yard (even at rental properties) which are absolutely brimming with glorious bunches of thistles. Why am I so lazy!?!

Here are my helpful hints on how I get on top of these crazy fella’s.

  1. First things first, many of you will roll your eyes, but potentially some of you have been scared off by this weeding tool because you have absolutely no idea how to use it. It’s easier than you think, much easier.
  2. Shake some of the soil out of the roots when you pull them, but not all of it – I don’t care much for the soil stripped of nutrients. This is my personal preference, and only because I reuse this soil in the long run.
  3. Feed the weeds (less any seed heads) to your worms or compost them – why lose all the nutrients you spent so much time putting in the soil. Then you don’t lose any soil either! It’s sort of a bit like revenge..
  4. Use boiling water to kill weeds growing between pavers or in gravel. It doesn’t even take 24 hours to see a result. When we used to have a much larger yard I boiled a stock pot of water to save having to wait for the kettle to keep boiling.
  5. Apply a thick mulch to reduce the number of weeds that are coming up throughout spring time.
  6. Cut back runners from the lawn and then use a sharp shovel along the edge to cut off shoots further below.

So if you haven’t already addressed your weeds, plan a day to get on top of it really soon and going forward, make it a routine to pull a few once a week to maintain your yard. It makes it a lot easier to enjoy your outside space, instead of just dreading the work ahead of you.