Most people prefer to have an outdoor area that is visually pleasing. Of course, you don’t want the first impression to be an unruly yard. Additionally, perhaps you are selling the home. If so, the outside is going to be the first thing that a prospective buyer sees! So, it’s more important than you might think to achieve a beautiful yard and garden free of weeds.

There are many reasons for wanting a beautiful outdoor landscape. However, the reality is not always so easy. In fact, it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to keep even a small yard in good shape. Of course, the amount of work multiplies as the yard size increases. 

For some, this is not an issue because working in the yard or garden is where they find peace. Many believe that by spending time tending to the yard or garden, you can dramatically reduce stress levels.  So by maintaining the appearance of your outdoor space, not only are you improving the overall look of your home but benefiting your health as well. 

Some people are lucky, they are born with a green thumb and just know how to keep a beautifully manicured lawn naturally. of course, many don’t care about the health benefits and hire someone to do it for them. However, there are a large number of individuals who want to know how to beautify their lawn on their own. 

For those individuals, the best way to achieve a beautiful yard is basically to keep it neat and free of weeds. Out-of-control weeds are the easiest way to make a decent yard look disastrous. By simply keeping your weeds in check, you can take a huge step towards a beautiful yard. 

If you need some good gardening and yard care information, here are tips for a beautiful yard and a garden free of weeds.

3 Growing Tips for a Beautiful Yard and Garden

3 Tips for a Beautiful Yard and Garden Free of Weeds

1. Natural weed-killing spray.

It is very important that it is understood that the use of any type of commercial weed killer is not being advised here. If you do decide to use a commercial product, buy one that does not contain the ingredient, glyphosate which is highly toxic. You will find this in products like Roundup. In fact, there are open cases against the manufacturer for suffering from health issues from the toxic product. 

A completely safe and effective spray is vinegar. Surprisingly, plants do not like vinegar. You can put it in a spray bottle and just spray the weed. However, also ensure that you isolate the weed and protect any good plants. Vinegar does not know the difference between a precious flower and a pesky weed. 

2. Cardboard/newspapers.

These household items make amazing barriers against weeds. Obviously, newspapers are not going to be as hearty as cardboard so you want to make sure and use them in areas with no traffic. Use the cardboard in the walkways. Once you clear out your area for plants in your yard, then proceed to lay down the natural barriers. Next, make holes in the newspaper or cardboard so that you can get your plants into the ground. Alternatively, you may safely put it around those that are already growing. 

3. Mulch from a variety of materials.

This is your next layer of defense. Mulch can be made from a variety of materials. It can contain items such as straw, hay, wood chips, grass clippings, leaves, and pine needles. It is imperative that you make sure that the layer of mulch is nice and thick. This ensures that weeds have a hard time growing. Also, it can help moderate temperatures, hold in moisture, and reduce evaporation. Mulch does naturally compost so it is improving the soil as well. 

In conclusion.

These are just some safe and easy ways to rid your yard and garden of weeds. Depending on your infestation of weeds, easy might not be the right word. However, if you start using these tips going forward, then you will see the battle of the weeds getting easier with time. If you have any questions or suggestions, we always love to hear from you in the comments below. Also below are links that will take you to more fantastic articles about ALL things DESIGN for your home or business.

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