We recently moved into a new house that has a flower bed that is completely infested with weeds. It's basically solid weeds. We spent the day hand-weeding and getting rid of most of what we can see.

What else can/should we do to prevent the weeds from returning? Have we done enough?

We plan on planting annual wildflowers, which I guess are sort of weeds themselves. Also, we plan on planting strawberries.

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Here's the thing, no matter what you do the weeds will return. Eventually. Here are some things you can do to slow them down.

  • put down some weed blocking fabric (available in your hardware store or wal-mart).
  • mulch around your new flowers when they come up
  • weed regularly

It's hard work keeping a bed free of unwanted plants, there is no magic solution and the things I mentioned above are deterrents, the weeds will eventually come back, because good healthy soil, the kind you want for your plants, is exactly the thing they crave.


Cover the bed with black plastic for a week or two. If the weather is warm, this will kill weeds and their seeds.

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