Any plant that grows where you don't want it can be considered a weed. Besides taking up valuable space in your garden, weeds compete with other plants for nutrients, water and light. So you need to keep your garden free from weeds on a regular basis. To make the job as easy as possible, here are some useful tips: Pull up weeds before they go to seed and self-spread around the garden. Try to get the whole weed including the root Younger weeds are easier to pull because they haven't established a strong root system Wet the ground with a drip irrigation hose before weeding and your job will be easier - Better still, water after it has rained For weeds with shallow invasive root systems, try scraping below the surface of the soil to drag out as much of the root system as possible. Wear safety goggles and sneakers if you are scraping with a sharp tool to avoid an accident While weeding, keep your garden free of safety hazards by picking up rocks, putting tools away in their proper places, and maintaining walkways. Mulch between plants to help prevent weeds from establishing.