New Weeding Trick Keeps Your Garden Weed Free While You Sleep

You’ve got to check out this new weeding trick we’ve been using recently!

Use this a month before you plant and it will keep your garden weed free while you sleep PLUS eliminate all the weeds in the top layer of your soil.

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Hey everyone! It’s Paul with Born to Grow, and in this quick video I’m going to show you something really cool that we’ve been using for weed control in our garden. It’s very simple something that you can use your home. It’s right behind me here — it’s this black silage tarp.

Now obviously we have a large area covered here so if you have a smaller home garden you’ll be using a smaller amount. But it works really well, and here’s how you do this. You want to put the silage tarp out – if it’s a really small area you could use some thick black trash bags, like the heavy duty ones from Lowes or something like that – you want to spread it out over your garden area. And you can do this when the garden has a bunch of weeds on it. So, for instance, you could put it over these weeds that are coming up here, and then you would want to sandbag around the edge to make sure that it’s held down. (I pulled the sandbags off of this one.) And then you leave it there for a month, two months – you want to make sure that all the weeds underneath it die. In fact, little new weeds that are down in the soil will come up – any that are close to the top. They’ll germinate but then they won’t have any light so they’ll die.

And its really neat because you’re actually working with nature; all your earthworms and the microbiological life in your soil, bacteria, etc., are going to come and actually decomposed those dead weeds and pull them back down into the soil, and they’ll become organic matter in the soil. So it’s an excellent way to get a huge head start on the weeds.

Now I’ll just pull this back here so you can see. You leave it for a couple months, and when you pull it back, and you have these beautiful beds that are just perfect and ready to be planted into.

Now, of course, we’re going to come in with a broad fork loosen up the soil a little more, add some more compost. But they’re just beautiful, and when you plant into this you can have a huge head start on on the weeds, because your whole first weed crop has already been taken care of just because of this silage tarp.

So hey, if you liked this video then share it with your friends, and make sure to subscribe to our channel for more videos, little short quick garden tips like this one. Or go over to and we’ve got a free gift for you there!

We’ll catch you next time!


Want to try it for yourself?

Click here to get your own silage tarp!

Go to “Products: Silage Tarp” to choose what size you want.

My cousin sells the tarp through his business and so if you purchase through the link above I’ll get a commission. That way it’s a win-win for us all. 🙂

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  • Shannon

    Reply Reply June 13, 2016

    Love the tips. Thank you. Any suggestions for controlling squash bugs without the chemicals? I tried picking them off but they won eventually.

    • Cheryl

      Reply Reply June 14, 2016

      I had never had squash bugs until a couple of years ago. I tries picking too, then I got out my Dewalt battery powered shop vac, took it to my garden. It worked great! I sucked those babies up and than dumped then into a bucket of soapy water.

    • Paul

      Reply Reply June 15, 2016

      Hi Shannon – great question! Cheryl made a great point with the shop vac. You can definitely go out and vacuum them up. A next step you can take is to dust your plants with Diatomaceous Earth. You can get a food grade DE and put it in an old sock then shake it over your plants. When the bugs come in contact with it it will slowly break down their exoskeletons. Hope this helps!

  • Cliff

    Reply Reply June 13, 2016

    Soil seems to lose some quality if weeding with plastic is used in the same spot year after year.

    • Paul

      Reply Reply June 15, 2016

      Hi Cliff, I’d be interested to hear your experience. Are you keeping your garden completely covered with plastic year in and year out? What we are doing in the video is only between crops so the soil has plenty of time in the natural world. We know a well known farmer who has been doing this and sees a lot of biological activity while the plastic is on with worms decomposing all the old plant matter etc. We haven’t been doing it for long enough personally to note a decline in the soil but so far there is no sign that there will be in the way we are doing it. But please share your experience! I’d love to hear!

  • Alan Carron

    Reply Reply June 14, 2016

    Alan says, “Great idea!” And, we were on your whole live call or whatever you call it last Tue. evening but did not know how to let you know we were on it ! I pushed everything I could see to press and even tried to ask a question but to no avail! We are just NOT computer savvy! Sorry! But we did listen and look at your whole hour and a half or whatever it was and did enjoy it and learned some new things even though Alan, ‘my Mr. Wonderful’, has been an organic gardener most of his life (80 yrs) As they say, ‘you’re never too old to learn a new trick’!
    Thanks again for everything and Natasha has never given me a ring yet and I hate to call her since am not sure of her schedule! Pat & Alan Carron

    • Paul

      Reply Reply June 15, 2016

      Hi Pat and Alan, so good to hear from you! I’m so glad you were able to join us for our member meeting last time! And I’ll definitely check in with Natasha. Thanks for being a part of our community!

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