The best time to weed is in the monsoons. The ground is wet and pulling out the weeds is easy. In case, there is no monsoon and you still feel the need to do weeding, then make the ground wet. Pull out the weeds by the roots.
Some weeds are very beautiful and can come as flowers like the dandelions, gloriosa lily and many others. However, these are destructive to the soil and the plants growing there. Most weeds are invasive species and take over the garden easily.
The weeds can take over your garden once they set in. Remember weeds have to be pulled out by roots. Weeding is a time consuming affair. Ideally you should check your garden for weeds atleast once a week. However, if you take ten minutes every morning to check for weeds or atleast thrice a week and pull them off every time you find them, it will save you back breaking work over weekends.In case you are very busy, simply chop off the heads of the weeds. Chopping the heads prevents the weeds from spreading their seeds.
In case large areas or patches are covered with weeds, a good idea is to starve them of light and air. Take a huge plastic sheet or dark coloured sheet and spread it over the patch. Nail it down or keep rocks on it, so that it doesn’t fly off. The weeds will die off darkness or heat.
When you can’t pull out weeds stuck in stubborn places like near the porch or steps or in between paving, you can use two methods. One is use of a thinner implement like screw driver, while the other is to pour hot water.
You can use herbicides to kill weed. A natural way to clean out the weeds is to use vinegar. Vinegar can help uproot weeds easily.
Don’t keep too much space between plants. A tight garden bed will prevent weeds from growing too much.
Practice mulching. Spread newspapers, dry leaves and compost over the garden as often as possible. This prevents weeds from spread and keeps the ground moist.
It is important that you exercise caution when disposing off the weeds. The best way is to collect them separately and burn them. Heat of over 120 degree centigrade kills them. Leaving them lying around is simply going to help them spread.
There are several tools which can be used for weeding. They include the trowel, the hoe, the garden bandit, the fulcrum weeder, the fid, the crack weeder, and the weed shredder.