How to Get Rid of Weeds in Flower Beds (4 Easy Steps)

How to Get Rid of Weeds in Flower Beds (4 Easy Steps)

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Watch how to get rid of weeds in flower beds, gardens, and mulch beds! This video will show you how to control weeds in flower beds and prevent them from coming back.

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Weed control for your yard is important for the health of your lawn, but what about your gardens and flower beds? Sometimes, we are so concerned with weed control in our yard that we forget about killing weeds that pop up in our gardens, flower and mulch beds.

Not only are certain weeds an eyesore that can really hurt the look of a landscaped flower bed, but they compete for resources with your ornamental plants.

Weeds grow much faster and will steal water, sunlight, and other nutrients. Invasive weed species, such as Dichondra, also compete for space and can overwhelm and eventually kill other plants. So it really is important that we don’t overlook weed control in gardens and flower beds.

Luckily, getting rid of weeds in flower beds is easier than you might think — all it takes is a little bit of elbow grease and choosing the best weed control product for you.

We recommend eliminating weeds before they’ve already sprouted. You can do that with a pre-emergent weed killer.

We recommend using Nitro-Phos’ prodiamine pre-emergent, Barricade. This is an easy, ready to use granular herbicide that is extremely effective in preventing weed growth in flower beds, and offers a residual for up to six months.

What about the weeds that have already grown in the flower bed? We go to a residential lawn and show you the best way to get rid of them and how Barricade will keep them away.

Now the best way to get rid of them initially is to just get in there and dig them out. You can pull by hand if you want, or use a garden tool to get in there and cut them out.

Barricade needs a uniform application to the soil surface to be most effective. You’ll also want to remove the cut up weeds, any dirt clods, and any other debris.

Even though you removed the grown weeds, there is likely more seeds and weeds waiting to germinate beneath the soil. If you just pull weeds and call it a day, more weeds will eventually sprout in their place and you’ll be back to square one. This is where the Barricade comes in. Apply between 2.5 to 5.94 pounds for every 1,000 square feet. You’ll need to pre-measure your treatment area. And always read the label for other proper application and usage rates.

Spread the Barricade evenly in the flower bed to get a nice, uniform application. When that’s done we’ll just water the granules in. You’ll want to get at least half an inch of water over the granules.

You can also use a post-emergent weed killer before applying the Barricade. You can use a glyphosate product to spot treat and kill the weeds. Be very careful though because this will kill any plant. It must be sprayed on a plant’s leaf surface for it to work.

You can use something to block off the plants you want to keep from the weeds you intend to spray. For example, use a flattened cardboard box to shield other plants from the glyphosate application. You can then apply Barricade once the weeds are dead for long-lasting control.

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  1. Kathryn Willette on October 18, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    I was thinking of using sone chemicals in small parts of my yard, but I saw a frog! I couldn’t kill that little guy!

  2. The Shark on October 18, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    What about those paper-based weed barriers that you just replace each year because they disintegrate? Do those not work? I don’t mean the weed fabric.

  3. Stroys on October 18, 2022 at 8:10 pm

    Here’s a tip: instead of showing your face so much while you say the names of the various products show the products with the name clearly displayed.

  4. C Phillips on October 18, 2022 at 8:12 pm

    Will this kill goat head seeds and tumbleweed seeds?

  5. L J on October 18, 2022 at 8:12 pm

    Will the preemergent kill bulbs?

  6. GameWithAdam on October 18, 2022 at 8:12 pm

    That tool looks good af.

  7. Mary Helen Lopez on October 18, 2022 at 8:14 pm

    This is the type of information I was seeking! Thank you for this video

  8. Summer Pierce on October 18, 2022 at 8:14 pm

    I moved into a home an the people before me attempted to start a flower garden. How do I get rid of the weeds an flowers that they planted? I have tried digging the flowers up they just returned. I even laid news paper down after I dug them up they still returned. I am truly at a loss can you please help me thank you

  9. Kristina Miller on October 18, 2022 at 8:15 pm

    Are the suggested products organic? Safe for pets?

  10. Grafting Tactick on October 18, 2022 at 8:17 pm

    Great tips, thanks for sharing 👍

  11. Nilmdts Nashville on October 18, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    Will the Barricade work thru gravel? My landscape is graveled..

  12. starphlo 123 on October 18, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    Herbicides are poison and kill beneficial insects.

  13. John Miller on October 18, 2022 at 8:21 pm

    after i spray the water over the anti weed granules, how long before spreading fresh mulch on top?

  14. Joey C on October 18, 2022 at 8:21 pm

    This is one of THEE MOST informative videos on killing weeds 👍🏽
    Die weeds! Diiiiiiiieeeee!!!

  15. Ghost Mutt on October 18, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    You’re saying words

  16. Marshall Hosel on October 18, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    Thanks for the video

  17. Cathy Andresiak on October 18, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    I don’t want all those chemicals.

  18. Antonia Benitez on October 18, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    Will a pre-emergent kill my perrennials?

  19. Collin S on October 18, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    I’ve tried that and they still came back even worse

  20. H Peterson on October 18, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    I am very new to the idea of a flower bed… most videos were way over my head but this one really made sense! The post emergent section went by a little quickly but that’s the great thing about video! You have a new subscriber! Thanks!

  21. Rob Waldo on October 18, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    Once you have applied Barricade how long do you have to wait before you plant perrenials ?

  22. Michele L on October 18, 2022 at 8:31 pm

    Preemergents harm bees like Preen! Glycosphate NNOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! You don’t even mention the harm to bees, water etc shame on you!!!!

  23. Brad Johnson on October 18, 2022 at 8:34 pm

    Is it safe for dogs?

  24. Ian laconia nh the small engine guy on October 18, 2022 at 8:34 pm

    This is how I take care of weed control just hack them all down with a weed Wacker

  25. Dreama Young on October 18, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    Does Weed-B-Gon work

  26. Gianna Fimbres on October 18, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    Will Weed Beater Fe hurt my flower says its for lawns..but i meant to buy weed killer for flower beds..bit can i still use it in my flower it still safe for that?

  27. M M on October 18, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    I really need to get a hoe

  28. Atsie Jhon on October 18, 2022 at 8:37 pm

    Does it have chemical?

  29. Larry Potts on October 18, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    Home depot should sale something similar 2 this. They gave me a spray. After the weeds grow out.

  30. Derek Collins on October 18, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    Great speaker!! Knowledgable too!!

  31. Planet Nine on October 18, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    You need to be careful with glyphosate not because is a non-selective week killer but because it is a carcinogen.

  32. mushroom flower on October 18, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    I turn this on everynight to fall asleep to. It’s become almost a weird obsession of mine. I had to get it out. I have been holding this secret for what feels like years but is only… months… I feel much better now but I only feel best after a nice 10 hour slumber with this on loop. Thank you for this brilliant knowledge and thank you to your parents for creating such a tender , smart, sexy voice. Thank you so much. You have been a blessing in a very hard time honey.

  33. Peter Bergeris on October 18, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    You can use prodiamine in liquid or granular form. Check out lawn care nut here on YT. Don’t seed where you apply.

  34. Shweetie Petina on October 18, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    Lay down cardboard, mist it with hose. Cut so pieces go around wanted plants. I pull up my sedum ground cover, put it in a container, weed whip the weeds down to stubs, Lay cardboard. Wet it. Put some big rocks to weigh it down til it forms to the ground. I throw my sedum back over the top. Or you could do mulch. It’s beautiful.

  35. John Peters on October 18, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    A lot of talking. Just get to the point

  36. Dat Meme on October 18, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    Glyphosate …

  37. Sandi Johnson on October 18, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    Thanks, very helpful info!

  38. James Huey on October 18, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    So, what is the post-emergent product you suggest using?

  39. set921 on October 18, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    OK, so you hoed the weeds, then cut to a weed free patch of dirt. You didn’t show picking through the dirt to remove the hoed weeds.

  40. Storkmd1 on October 18, 2022 at 8:55 pm

    I have Pea Rock in my Rose Garden. Spurge has decided to take up residence. Can I use this on Pea Rock around my Rose Bushes?

  41. Blaise Duc d'Aumont on October 18, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    I tried using Preen weed control in late March in the ornamental flower garden beds before the weeds activated but it didn’t seem to work at all.

  42. Kaine on October 18, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    glyphosate causes autism in offspring , cancer just to start look it up

  43. Mary Moreau on October 18, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    Where can I find Barricade?

  44. loyclan on October 18, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    What can I use to kill weeds that are taking over my flower bed without killing the tulip bulbs that are under the dirt?

  45. MICHELLE MENDENHALL on October 18, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    Thank you!! What if you have rocks around all the plants so you can’t put it into the soil?

  46. You Can Do It Too on October 18, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    This was helpful – thanks!

  47. Steve Elkins on October 18, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    Not in a million years would I apply those chemicals

  48. Dimka Shemetov on October 18, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    I’m so new to this. We just out first house and when we bought it the soul around the edge of the grass was so nice, not a single weed. Was perfect. Now over wonder it went wild. Weeds all over the place. I honestly hope this helps. A lot of work needed to be done. Hope this works:)

  49. Papa Gooby on October 18, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    what if i have weeds grown around my flowers, if i use the herbicide will it kill the flowers?

  50. ADRIAN R on October 18, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    Great video, exactly how a video should be shown & explained to you, thanks

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