How to Keep on Top of Garden Weeds
Get to grips fast this spring, before they take over the garden. Here’s four ways to win the war with weeds:
Hoe off weed seedlings on a warm dry day. Hoe carefully around existing plants and allow the hoe blade to scrape the surface rather than gouge a trench. Leave the dismembered weeds adrift on the soil surface for the sun to desiccate and they will break down into the soil. If the soil is still damp there is a chance that some will resprout or reroot. Repeat hoe every week to ten days removing all new seedling growth.
Dig out perennial weeds carefully by hand using a weeding tool. Be sure to remove all the root system if possible and leave the weeds out to dry on a sunny surface to desiccate. If possible burn spent weeds to prevent them rehydrating and rooting in the garden. If not, dispose of carefully by adding them to your green waste bin. Do not compost perennial weeds or seeding weeds.
Sometimes weeds get into awkward spots where it’s hard to get them out; a dock in between the paving, a gravel path peppered with weeds or bindweed within the border. For these areas use Resolva Path & Patio Ready to Use Weedkiller. Persistent and pernicious weeds can be controlled quickly and easily using Resolva 24H Ready to Use. You need to apply these products ONLY to the weed foliage, if any of it even touches another plant, then that plant will also be killed. Apply on a dry, still day and the speed of a contact weedkiller with the deep root killing action of a systemic product. Follow the instructions on the bottle for the best results.
To prevent weed seedlings germinating over bare areas of soil or areas you have cleared and weeded, mulch thickly with a quality garden mulch such as Plant Protection Bark. Apply to moist soil and the bark will block the sunlight preventing new seedlings from germinating and prevent wind borne seeds from growing in the mulch. A thick mulch of 2-3 inches will also conserve soil moisture.