How to Get Rid of Weeds in Flower Beds

Weed control for your yard is important
for the health of your lawn, but what about gardens and flower beds? in this
video, we’ll go to a residential lawn and I’ll show you how to kill weeds in
flowerbeds, and keep them from coming back for months to come. Hi, I’m Jason with Solutions Pest and Lawn.
Sometimes we’re so concerned with weed control in our yard that we forget about
weeds that pop up in our garden, flower and mulch beds. Not only are certain
weeds an eyesore that can really hurt the look of a landscape flowerbed, but
they can also compete for resources with your ornamental plants. Weeds grow much
faster and will steal water, sunlight, and other nutrients. Invasive species, such as
dichondra, also compete for space and will eventually overwhelm and kill other
plants. So it’s important that we don’t forget about weed control in our gardens
and flower beds. Keep in mind that a weed is technically any plant that grows
where you don’t want it to or where it shouldn’t. So if you’ve got some grass
popping up in a flower or mulch bed, hey, go ahead and take care of that too. Luckily, getting rid of weeds in flower beds is easier than you might think. All
it takes a little bit of elbow grease and choosing the best weed control
product for you. There are a lot of weed killers out
there and some of them are designed for ornamental bed spring, but we recommend
taking care of weeds before they’ve popped up. For that, you’ll need a pre-emergent
weed killer. A pre-emergent herbicide is used as a protective barrier to prevent
weeds from sprouting. Prevent as a key word here because a pre-emergent will
not kill grown weeds, it will just prevent them from growing. You can watch
our video on pre-emergent herbicides to learn more. We’ll have a link for that
video in the description below. You can use an Oryzalin or Prodiamine product
in your flowerbeds. We recommend using Nitro-Phos’ prodiamine pre-emergent,
Barricade. This is an easy, ready to use granular herbicide that is extremely
effective in preventing weed growth in flower beds, and offers up to a six month
residual. Okay, so you might be asking yourself, “well, what about the weeds that
have already popped up in my flower bed?” Well, we’ll go to a residential lawn and
I’ll show you the best way to get rid of them and how Barricade will keep them
away. Okay so we’re out here at our residential lawn and as you can see
we’ve got a lot of broadleaf weeds popping through the flowerbed over here. Now, the best way to get rid of them initially is just to get in there and
dig them out. Now, you can do this by hand or you can use a garden tool to make it
a little bit easier. So today I’ll be using this garden hoe. Now, removing weeds
this way is super simple: what you’ll want to do is, you’ll want to get down
about three to four inches to try to get as much of
that root as possible. Now, depending on the weed the root system could be a
little bit deeper and that’s where pulling them by hands might be better. Now that that’s done, you can see that the soil is nice and broken up and that
we’ve smoothed out any of the potholes or any of the dugouts. This will give us a
nice foundation to apply our Barricade pre-emergent. Barricade needs a uniform
application to the soil surface to be most effective. You’ll also want to
remove any of the cut-up weeds, any of the dirt clods, or any other dirt debris. And if you leave any of the weed clippings behind, don’t worry;
they’re just gonna dry up and die. Now, even though we removed all the grown
weeds there’s likely more weeds and seeds waiting to germinate beneath the
soil. Now, if you just pull the weeds and call it a day then eventually more weeds
will sprout up in their place causing you to start back at square one. This is
where our Barricade comes in. Now, Barricade is a pre-emergent herbicide
which will stop any immature weeds that are left over from germinating. Now,
according to the label we’re going to apply two point five to five point nine
pounds for every thousand square feet. You’ll need to pre-measure your
treatment area first; . And always read the label for proper usage and application
rates. So today, we’re using our hand spreader. Now, you’re gonna want to spread
the Barricade nice and evenly to get a uniform application. Now that that’s done,
you’ll need to water the granules in. You’ll want to get at least a half inch
of water over top of the granules. So you can do this with either a garden hose or
if there’s rain in the forecast let mother nature take care of it for you.
Now, another option that you have is to use a post emergent weed killer before
applying the Barricade. You’ll want to use the glyphosate product to spot treat
and kill the weeds. Now be very careful with glyphosate products because they’re
non selective herbicides; they’ll kill any plant that they touch. So the good news is that glyphosate doesn’t have any soil activity, which
means it won’t leach into the ground and kill any of your other plants. You
actually have to spray the leaf surface in order to kill it. So if you intend on
using a glyphosate product to rid yourself of those weeds in the garden,
you’re gonna want to make sure you use something to block off the plants you want
to keep from the weeds you intend to kill . For example, we’re using a flattened
piece of cardboard to shield our plants from the glyphosate application. You can
also purchase a sprayer with a little cone tip on the end of it for easier
application. You can then apply the Barricade once the weeds are dead for
long lasting control. Using a pre-emergent weed killer like Barricade
is great for your flower beds and gardens. And it also offers a
residual from up to three to six months depending on your application rate. And
what’s great about Barricade is that you can use it on your turf to control weeds
in your lawn. Just make sure that it’s listed for your grass type and the weeds
you’re trying to control. One final tip: Prodiamine products can stain surfaces
yellow. So if you’re trying to control weeds around decorative rocks, on patios, or around pavers, you might want to use a
pre-emergent like Dithiopyr to keep them from discoloring. If you have
any further questions, leave a comment in the comment section below. And don’t
hesitate to reach out to us by stopping by one of our stores, giving us a phone
call, dropping us an email, or visiting our website. If you’re new to the channel,
subscribe for more product and how-to videos. I’m Jason Baker with Solutions Pest and Lawn. Ask us how, then do it yourself. Man everybody – why is everybody deciding to do their freaking yard work on a Wednesday at 11 o’clock in the morning. That’s so weird, isn’t it? Yeah I’ve never gotten up on a Wednesday and been like, “you know
what I’m gonna do? I’m gonna cut the freaking grass, man.”

15 thoughts on “How to Get Rid of Weeds in Flower Beds

  1. Thanks Jason,I'm from the Caribbean, do hope we have the product barricade. Will look up. Trying to control weeds around my cranium lilies and dewrantas plants.

  2. Can this work if i have mulch and the landcapers black roll fabric underneath? We just did a beautiful garden, and its only been a week and i see pieces of small grass growing out, its only been a week since they did our garden & its frustrating how the grass grew throughout the black fabric and mulch so quickly.

  3. You mentioned weeds in the garden but if I use a pre emergent then my corn,cantaloupe and beans won’t germinate either. Any suggestions? Thanks

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