Weeds in the lawn have always been one of my pet hates – dandelions, moss, and pretty much anything else that’s not grass drives me to distraction. Then we got a large dog – a Japanese Akita – and no more weed problems – but we also lost most of the grass as well! Soon after I found a highly rated artificial grass supplier in Milton Keynes and had my back lawn re-landscaped completely. The dogs love, there’s no more weeds (or mowing) and it actually looks just as good as any real grass I’ve ever seen.
But before I made the switch, I had some pretty good tips for keeping on top of the weeds in my garden – so thought I’d better share them before I forget them all!
Dos and Don’ts Of Weeds
Do tackle problem weeds fast: the older they get, the harder they are to destroy.
Don’t try to clear problem perennial weeds growing in a rockery or among a border of choice small perennials by hand. Spot treat them with a glyphosate-based weedkiller. In a particularly bad case it is easier to take out all the plants you want to save and blanket treat the whole area with weedkiller, then start again.
Do break off the flowering heads of weeds if you don’t have time to weed properly. This will stop them seeding.
Don’t put weeds that have set seed or roots of perennial weeds on your compost heap. It’s unlikely the temperature in the heap will get hot enough to kill them, so you will just spread a new crop of weeds along with your compost.
Do learn to recognize the seedling’ of most common weeds, so you can leave self-sown seedlings of plants you may want to keep (such as hellebores), to grow safely.
Don’t try to dig out problem perennial weeds like horsetail, couch grass and bindweed – every tiny scrap of root that is left in the ground will grow to make a new plant.
Special Solutions For Treating Weeds
If bindweed has grown up into plants, cut it off at the base leaving the stem still twining around the plant Stems are much easier to unwind after a few days, once they are dead. Treat any new shoots with a glyphosate-based weedkiller before they start climbing.
Cut stems of Japanese knotweed down and paint the soft new growth with a glyphosate-based weedkiller. Repeat every time new shoots appear. It will probably take several years before you kill an established clump.
Cut through the base of the stems of ivy and. in time the top growth will die off and lose its grip making it easier to pull off. Clean up brickwork with a wire brush afterwards. Paint the base of the ivy stump with a brushwood killer.
Spray celandines with a weedkiller containing glyphosate in spring when the leaves are unfolded but before the plants start to flower. This kills them before they can form bulbils, which would otherwise remain in the soil ready to emerge the following year.