I don’t know about you, but I always put this off. I’m not sure why though as it is always so satisfying to get rid of all the weeds!
But rather than just pull out and hope for the best, let’s look at the best tips to get rid of those pesky weeds once and for good.
If you are already thinking, “Well, I don’t have a garden…” you’ll still be surprised at where they pop up – driveways, pathways, patio boarders – the answer is, THEY POP UP EVERYWHERE!
Timing – best time of year is Spring and early Summer however it is worth noting that it is still a year-round activity, despite us never wanting to venture out in the pouring rain.
Begin by doing heavy-duty weeding in March-June and then all you’ll need to do is keep on top of it throughout the rest of the year.
Preventatives – use traditional weedkiller sprays or gels which can be very effective, but you could also look at lots of eco-friendly alternatives, such as boiling hot water or vinegar and lemon juice which dehydrates the weeds. You could also cover the weeds with plastic or mulch as this will stop them reaching the sunlight to grow. Don’t forget that breathable membranes are also good preventatives – they will certainly help keep the weeds at bay.
Digging – pull them out fully, including the root. Make sure you have the root otherwise they’ll continually grow back.
Tools – as with all things, you have to have the right tools for the job. But there is never a simple answer – it depends on your strength, dexterity, type of weeks, soil conditions and so on. The two basic types are short handled vs long handled tools. Short handled includes tools such as the Japanese farmer’s knive or a fishtail/dandylion weeder. Long handled tools include the Dutch hoe, radius pro weeder or stand-up weeders such as the weed-out pro.
Are you already thinking that there is never enough time in the day? To do what we want to do, let alone what we have to do, such as weeding. Well never mind – all you need to do is 5 minutes of weeding everyday and you’ll be surprised at what impact this can make on your garden.
Why not share with us some photos of how you’ve combatted those pesky weeds? And perhaps what you have done to brighten up your corner instead? Perhaps a HUM flowerpot to add a little cheer?
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