A weed is a wild plant growing where it is not wanted and that is in competition with cultivated plants. Controlling weeds can really make or break your outdoor space, keeping on top of them is an important part of maintaining a healthy great looking garden.
Fancy having a go at weed control yourself? Check out my tips and tricks section below.
Q&A + Weed control Tips & Tricks
Q: Why is it important to know if a weed is an annual or a perennial?
A. Knowing the life cycle of a weed type helps you make the right choices in managing and limiting its growth. Annual weeds generally are much easier to control than perennials weeds as they just live for one season and spread by seed. Perennial weeds are often more difficult to control as they produce seeds and also can spread by underground or above ground stems. It is very important to stop the establishment of perennial weeds, once established they can be difficult to manage.
Q. when should I tackle the weeds?
A. As soon as you see them you should root them out before they take hold and start seeding. If you can do this then you will be saving yourself a lot of time in the long run.
Q. what is the best way to minimise weed growth?
A. There are many different ways to reduce the growth of weeds, the use of medium sized mulches will help prevent weeds from taking hold as well as filling empty spaces with plants that your weeds can’t compete with. Membranes barriers topped with bark or stone is also an effective and attractive way to minimise weed growth.
Q. How can I get rid of my weeds?
A. There are a number of ways to rid your outdoor space of weeds, the most obvious is to simply remove them by hand. There are also chemical solutions in the form of shop bought weed killers or home remedies (please check the suitability before using them as they may damage other plants and can be harmful to children and pets). Finally the use of weed burners is an effective way to remove weeds.