Don’t Pull These Weeds!

August 17, 2020

We’ve been talking a lot about mowing, grass and sod over here at Be Green Pro. But we haven’t touched on weeds yet.

Although weeds may seem like a nuisance in many gardens and lawns, certain weeds can be beneficial. (Yes, you read that right!)

Weeds can tell us about nutrient deficiencies, prevent erosion, add nutrients back into the soil, and attract beneficial organisms including worms, microorganisms, and insects. With proper maintenance, you can make some of the greatest garden freeloaders work for you!

Five common edible weeds that both help your garden, attract pollinators, and may even add other nutrients to enrich your soil are:

1. Broad Leaf Plantain

2. Chickweed

3. Lamb’s quarters

4. White clover

5. Dandelions

But what if I don’t want weeds, Patti?

I get it. My advice? Bury the weed, leave the roots. By mixing the leaves into the soil, you add organic material and enrich your garden beds. Even though the weeds might regrow a couple times, by leaving the roots which will eventually decay, it breaks up up the soil and gives space for worms and microorganisms to thrive.

But be careful! The weeds listed above are all very prolific, so it is best to cut them back before they produce seeds.

Worried about weeds and want them out? We’ve got a weed pre-emergent for you.

PS: Check back next week to read more about which native plants you DO want in your yard.


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