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CONTROLLING WEEDS

Hoeing and Handweeding

Regular hoeing and hand weeding can control
most weeds. Hoeing is a very effective method of dealing with annual weeds. You should hoe
as soon as you see the weeds surfacing above the soil.

Push your hoe just below the soil level to
sever the weeds. Try to hoe when the ground is dry so weed seeds if brought to the surface
wont germinate.

Digging

Perennial weeds are beat dug up, as they
are difficult to control by other methods. Perennial weeds tend to spread by their
creeping stems or roots and fragments of root. So make sure you dig up all roots, leave
one little slice of root and your weed will be back.

Ground Cover


Planting ground covering plants is one way of cutting down the amount of
weeding. But before planting, all perennial weeds need to be removed. Remember having
ground cover doesn’t mean you will always have a weed free area, but it will be easier to
maintain

Mulching


Mulching can suppress annual weeds and conserves soil moisture. The
perennial weeds will still come through the mulch, so need to be dug out by the roots. You
can use well rotted compost , grass cuttings as long as the lawn they came from is weed
free. Also use de-composed wood chippings and coco shells.

Reproduced by
kind permission of
www.DoctorGreenfingers.co.uk  and useful resource for gardening
advice and clinic.


 

 

 

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