The warm, wet weather is also ideal for desirable plants and most lawn grasses. If you manage to keep weeds under control when your plants are young, they’ll be able to take advantage of this perfect opportunity and grow strong and long enough to resist weed takeovers in the future. After this, it’ll become much easier to take care of the weeds problem. Here are a few tips to stop fast-growing weed naturally:
Well, it’s time to face facts. Weeds are annoying blighters, but they are plant and clever little monsters, for that matter. They grow so fast because they are quick to adapt to any condition and geographical location. So whether your garden is as dry as a bone or so boggy, weeds can still be able to thrive in whatever situation they are subjected to.
Why do weeds grow so fast? I think many people must have asked themselves that question. You’ve spent weeks trying to grow a simple plant… then boom, a fully grown weed popup in one day!
Weeds need sunlight, water, air, and space to grow, just like any other plant. However, dormant weed seeds seem to race out of the ground faster in the growing season than desirable plants. As soon as the temperatures rise, certain types of weeds sprout rigorously. Then, cultivated plants and grasses begin to grow a bit later, leading them to struggle to sprout because weeds have already taken over. Here are other reasons why weeds grow faster;
Can Weeds Really Grow Overnight?
Dormant weeds in your yard have acclimated to the soil, while your store-bought seedlings may take time to adjust to soil conditions, thereby taking a little more time to germinate.
Some weed species have a notoriously short life cycle, lasting only 5 to 6 weeks. That means they’ll grow quickly from a seed to a fully flowering plant, and that is why they seem to grow overnight.
When the condition is right, have enough water and warm weather, weeds can grow 1 to 2 inches in a day. You can go to bed with weeds under control one night and wake up the next day to flowering crops of weeds taking over the garden and making life difficult for plants you’d rather have.
Why Weeds Grow Better Than Cultivated Plants?
The 2-inch growth may sound insignificant, but when the weed sends out a blade of leaves in every direction, the growth on each blade escalates from a minor nuisance into a major weed. Besides, weeds with short life cycles, such as chickweed, move from germination, flowering to seedling and dying in a month and half weeks. If you take your eyes off your lawn for a few weeks, you might be astonished to see just how much chickweed is bulling your plants.
This article will dig deeper into reasons why weeds grow faster than desirable garden plants and what can be done to keep them under control:
You’ll find that weeds grow fast as many have a quick cycle. Their whole job is to sprout up and spread, so ensuring a new version of itself is created sooner the better is a must.
So, if you think about it, weeds are pretty fantastic! Hard as nails and pretty much able to grow in any condition. However, it doesn’t mean we still want them in our garden.
Why do weeds grow so fast? I think most people must ask themselves that question.
You work hard to grow plants, flowers can take weeks to grow, then weeds seem to be able to appear overnight, with little to no effort!
It’s time to face facts. They may be annoying little blighters but weeds are a plant. Garden weeds are in fact clever little devils. The reason they grow so quickly is because they adapt to any condition or generally the condition (location on this planet) they live in.
If your garden is boggy or dry as a bone you’ll still get weeds as they’re able to survive with whatever situation is thrown at them.
It can be hard keeping on top of garden weeds, especially those fast growing ones. So you must act quick before the garden weeds have a chance to start.
Stop Fast Growing Weeds Naturally
Perennial roots have lots of energy in them from previous years of growth. Miller explained that energy helps the shoots grow very quickly. This makes perennial weeds particularly hard to control.
A race to the top
“The weed is able to grab those resources before the vegetable plant can get them, so they tend to grow a little faster and a little better than the vegetable does,” Miller explained.
“Weeds are simply plants that are able to compete well with the plants we want to grow,” Miller said. “Imagine two plants growing side by side. Let’s say one is a squash and one is a weed.”
He explained that these plants compete for resources both of them need to grow: sunlight, water, nutrients, and space.
My friend Tim Miller is a researcher at Washington State University working to help stop weeds from making life difficult for plants we would rather have. Sometimes, weeds are bullies to other plants.
Sometimes gardeners help their vegetables by growing them in pots and then transplanting them into the garden. That gives the veggie a head start against the weed.
The weed seeds are already in the garden soil. They wait for just the right temperature and moisture conditions. So, when you plant your seeds, the weeds race out of the ground before whatever you planted can even get started.
If you’re like me, you’ve picked up a little dandelion fluff ball and blown the seeds around. Weeds like these make a lot of seeds. They get picked up by the wind and planted far and wide. And as you observe, they grow pretty fast, too.