When the owner of this front bed called me to come help him with weeding, the bed was showing weeds but it wasn't yet horrific. I grabbed a bucket and a four-pronged cultivator and went to work. You must uproot your weeds with tools and then remove them. Hand picking is heroic but it's slow and it doesn't guarantee complete removal. When you leave weed roots, the weeds just bounce back.
One great upside to cultivating is that your bed looks fresh and fluffy. Cultivation can expose weed seeds to sunlight but if you cultivate your beds regularly -as I will for this client- the weeds have no hope.
I suggest only hand picking huge trophy weeds or weeds poking out of groundcover.
A few weeks later, I'm extremely happy with the way this bed looks. I only found a few weeds and they won't get far.
You can read my latest blog post on weeding here.
Vas Sladek, B.Sc., CLHT