prevent weed seed germination

Prevent weed seed germination

Seed-eaters such as mice can hang out and eat weed seeds under cover crops, safe from predators. Credit: Gina Nichols

You want fall-planted cover crops to be about one soda can tall before Thanksgiving. Credit: Gina Nichols

2. Spring-planting

Prevent weed seed germination

You’ll get more livable space while getting rid of clutter. It’s a win-win!

Be the home on the block that bugs run from.

When it comes to weeds in your garden, an hour of prevention is better than a season of yanking.

Home buyers who do mortgage loan shopping can avoid leaving money on the table.

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The exact timing for applying a pre-emergent herbicide is hard to pinpoint because you must spread the herbicide before seeds germinate, which happens underground at different times.

If you double-dig — loosen (don’t pulverize) soil at least 2 feet down — you can plant cheek-by-jowl, because plant roots can grow down, not out, to find water and nourishment. If you plant intensively in a diamond-shaped pattern — rather than rows — you’ll avoid barren spots where weeds will grow.

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The closer together you plant your flowers and vegetables, the less space weed seeds will have to grow.

Lisa Kaplan Gordon is an award-winning, Pulitzer Prize-nominated writer who contributes to real estate and home improvement sites. In her spare time (yeah, right!), she gardens, manages three dogs, and plots to get her 21-year-old out of her basement.