Do your flower beds have weeds? My mother's flower beds did!

Yellow flowers in field

I can vividly remember my mother discussing the problem she had with weeds in the flower beds. I guess that the better word, rather than discuss, was the condemnation of the weeds in the beds.

Many an hour is spent pulling weeds from the beds; after all the flower beds and shrubbery are out in at a considerable expense! We have seen our neighbors arrive home after a couple weeks of summer vacation and go absolutely ballistic over the condition of flower beds.

Well, several years ago we began the development of a program to deal with the weeds that was effective and was as safe as we could make the process.

We have discovered than an application of a weed preventer, along with monthly applications of an herbicide designed for the majority of weeds can eliminate as much as 80-90% of the weeds. I can tell you that my mom is a much happier camper knowing that a job that could take as much as 10-15 hours per week (oh, yeah she has quite a few beds too tend to!) is now an every other week an hour or two chore.

Isn't it amazing how weeds in your cherished flowers can absolutely ruin the look you want! Just about the only place we really can't eliminate the problem of weeds is when the beasties decide to grow up in the flowers themselves! I guess that is one of the reasons we had to deal with the open space weeds. As a kid I had to spend many an hour pulling weeds! So I have developed the program to help control the presence of the weeds themselves. We come out for a spring spruce up of your property (you know: give the shrubs a "hair cut", get rid of winter debris, add some fresh mulch) You really don't want the shrubs getting out of control as you will end up with what we call creeping, encroaching bed: the bed is re-edged each year and each year the bed can literally grow further out into the yard (more mulch! More cost!). This is the time we will apply the weed preventer.

After the preventer is applied we arrive at your home every 30 days to spray any visible weeds (we use April through October)

Mark Leahy is the President of Rockville Blades of Green lawn Care and Pest Control, a family owned lawn care and pest control company. Mark has concentrated his efforts in Central Maryland as well as Maryland's Eastern Shore. Mark has over 20 years experience in the Lawn and Pest Control Industries.

As a member of PLANET, the Chesapeake Club, NPMA, Pest World, the Turf Grass Council and Quality Pro; Mark is well qualified in the lawn care and pest control industries. Certified by the State of Maryland; Mark can advise all Marylanders' in the areas of lawn care and pest control. 

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