Garden weeds aren’t necessarily a bad thing, with some producing pretty flowers and others serving as a source of pollen for insects. However, if you’ve spent all spring working in your garden, the unexpected arrival of weeds can be a nuisance.
Whether they’re growing on your lawn or in your flower bed, James Shipley, managing director of Hedges Direct, says the “best” way to manage them is to take a “manual” approach.
He told Express.co.uk: “Hedges Direct’s view of weed control would be that, rather than using chemicals and potentially affecting soil biodiversity, the approach most Greener, if possible, is to dig them up and pop them in the green bin.
“Once weeded, you can lay down mulch or bark chips which help retain moisture and nutrients in the soil, but also block out light which helps suppress weed growth by the following.”
However, the technique for removing weeds may differ slightly depending on whether you are tackling lawn weeds or those that have sprung up around your bedding plants.
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In flower beds, weeds can be slightly smaller and therefore Shipley recommends using a garden hoe.
Hoes are traditional hand tools that are useful for loosening soil and removing weeds.
Mr Shipley explained: “It is advisable to cut weeds shallow to the surface, after which the root will die, or to use a hand pitchfork to loosen the soil around them.
“You can also dig to remove the weed and root all at once by hand.
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“Weeding them as soon as you see them will mean less work for you to remove them.
“Using a mulch once an area is weeded can also help keep them from coming back later.”
Only in the case of a large rash does Shipley advise using a chemical killer, and even then you need to be careful to only target the weed itself.
He said: “With this you need to use a targeted chemical weed killer that will treat the weeds but not kill the grass.
“This type of weed and pet food treatment is popular, but care should be taken if you have pets or children to ensure you purchase a pet or child safe formula and read instructions carefully as even these treatments have a time limit when it is safe to walk or play again.”