Over my many years of gardening there are two things that I have learned to keep the weeds at bay. The first is never let the weeds get a foothold and especially go to seed. The second secret is mulch, mulch, mulch. I use many different kinds of mulch, grass clippings, purchased bark and even wood chips that the tree trimming people used to bring me. The most readily available and cheapest in my area is wheat straw. Lets face it I live in the plains where tons of corn and wheat are grown therefore many of the farmers bale their wheat straw to sell. Many people complain about using wheat straw because there are always a few grains of wheat left in the straw and they tend to sprout in your mulch and you end up with a tiny wheat field in your garden or flower beds. My solution to this is that I bust my bales and throw my bales of straw into my chicken yard about 2 weeks before I am ready to use it. The chickens love scratching through the straw and in about a week there is not a wheat seed or weed seed to be found. Then I simply pitchfork my straw into my garden wagon and put on my garden or beds as mulch. This pretty well eliminated pulling wheat from my mulch or weeds either. Another great benefit is that I can feed my chicken less purchased feed because they are eating all that wheat so it saves on my feed bell. Now there may be some chicken poop in the straw but not enough to matter or burn anything in the garden. It's a great way for the chickens to help earn their keep, save on feed bills and keep down those weeds with a nice clean straw mulch too. That's my tip for the day.
Blessings from The Holler
The Canned Quilter