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Backyard Landscaping Ideas for a Weed-free Summer

by Shannon Lee, All About Lawns Columnist

When designing your backyard landscape, don't forget about the weeds that can ruin your neat and tidy look. Backyard landscaping ideas that incorporate natural weed control are the easiest way to nip the problem in the bud.

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  • Eliminate patches
  • Less weeds
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Backyard Landscaping Ideas that Work

Eliminate weeds in your backyard landscape before they have a chance to take over. Here are a few ways to make it happen:

  • Use landscape fabric in areas where you plan to use mulch. The fabric is a perfect barrier to weeds. You can cut small areas for planting shrubs, but even then, your weed worries are sure to be minimal.
  • Plant ground cover that grows quickly to choke out weeds. Lovely plants like creeping ground ivy can take over and rid your backyard of the weeds, but you have to keep a close eye on them! They love to grow and can cover an entire backyard rather quickly.
  • If you have a patio or deck, enlarge it with concrete pavers in the areas where weeds run rampant. This puts a halt to the weed growth and gives your patio a visual boost.
  • Choose native grasses that are naturally resistant to the weeds in your backyard. When you mow, keep the mower blades high--the taller the grass, the less light the weeds get.
  • Large trees in your backyard landscape can offer plenty of shade, and that lack of sunlight might be a big deterrent for even the hardiest weeds.
  • Make good use of edging to keep flower beds and gardens where they should be! Edging allows you to keep the more prolific weeds all in one place, which can make hand-weeding and even the use of certain pesticides much easier.

About the Author

Shannon Dauphin is a freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her hobbies.

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