Weed Control Tips for your Garden

Having a beautiful and well tended home garden can bring a lot of satisfaction and provide a wonderful area for relaxation. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of looking out at your garden and seeing all your beautiful flowers shining brightly in the sunlight.

As you gaze around at each of them you remember exactly what you had to do to make sure they turned out just right – but then you look again and lurking around them are your most hated and most resilient enemy, the garden weed.

These nasty garden vagrants steal valuable sunlight from your precious plants, they siphon their water and the essential nutrients they need to grow, and they ruin the look of your manicured garden. It’s easy to feel that no matter what you do they just won’t go away!

Know your enemy. These useful words of wisdom hold the key to ensuring your victory, so why not begin by learning about those ghastly weeds that always ruin your perfect garden?

What is a Weed?

A weed is defined as any plant that is growing uncontrolled in a place where it is not wanted. So if a dandelion is growing amongst plants you do not want it to be around, that dandelion, in this situation, is a weed. There are two types of weeds and these are annual and perennial weeds.

Annual weeds have a life cycle of one year; their raison d’être is to grow and disperse their seeds as fast as they can. They tend to grow in recently worked soil after having waited for the right time to sprout. These weeds often germinate at lower temperatures than cultivated flowers so they usually have a head start.

The most important thing to learn in order to combat them is how to recognize them while they are seedlings, as this way you can remove them without having to damage any of your seeds or flowers.

Annual Weeds

Examples of annual seeds are annual nettles, chickweeds and goose-grass. They are easy to remove, even when theydandelion weed have grown to maturity. But rather than leave them until they have flowered and re-germinated, try and remove them early so that you don’t have to repeat the process over and over again.

If however you find that time has gotten the better of you, and they’ve dashed to maturity before you’ve noticed, then pull them out dispose of them at your earliest convenience. Also try and avoid putting seeded weeds into your compost bin, as you may be inadvertently sowing the seeds for the next generation.

Perennial Weeds

The other types of garden weeds are perennial weeds, and these are weeds that have a life expectancy of more than two years. They can spread through roots, bulbs, and runners, making them extremely difficult to remove by digging. It’s even possible to inadvertently increase their foothold in your garden by dispersing little bits of weed around the garden during the removal process.

The best way to eliminate them is to make sure that they are completely removed from top to root; their roots tend to creep around so make sure you carefully and meticulously remove all of them.

It’s also possible to use herbicide weed killer to remove perennial weeds, but try and use an environmentally friendly product. Otherwise you can do a lot of damage to the eco system of your garden, leaving the soil lifeless and sterile.

You may find it a challenge to find an eco weed killer that kills weeds systemically rather than just in the areas of contact, but perhaps with a little digging you will find something that suits your needs. Examples of perennial weeds are creeping buttercups, stinging nettles and ground elder.

How to Prevent Weeds

To prevent weeds, you can lay a thick layer of compost or bark on your soil. Not only will this prevent the growth of weeds but it will aid in the water retention of your plants. Learning how to identify weeds and deal with them before they launch a full scale invasion will go a long way to helping your garden look great.

This article was written by United Home Services, one of Australia’s largest cleaning franchise businesses and providers of home cleaning services.

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