DIY landscapers tend to make their planting beds too narrow and too close to the house.istock/tab1962
You want to extend your beds out at least one- to two-thirds of the house’s height, if not more.
Laying weed fabric is generally a waste of money and time for the long term; weeds just grow on top of it.istock/cjp
I once had a customer whose beds had seven layers of weed fabric, yet she still had weeds. I guess she kept thinking, If I put down just one more layer, the weeds will stop coming.
Here are some natural ways to kill weeds without chemicals.
Most lawn fertilizers have about 30 percent nitrogen, which is way too much.istock/BanksPhotos
Look for a fertilizer with time-releasing water-insoluble nitrogen and use it only twice a year on a steady schedule, like on Memorial Day and after Labor Day. In general, well-irrigated and older lawns need less fertilizer. (Just make sure you’re aware of the risks of using fertilizer if you do.)