Shortcuts to tackling weeds
It’s now May and that means the flowers are blooming, lawns are growing luscious and the temperature is slowly climbing. But it also means that weeds might be starting to take hold of your garden.
Letting these pests take hold can cause you a massive headache for the rest of the warmer months! Acting quick with the right techniques can save you a lot of hassle down the line.
We’re going to share with you some of our favorite tips to control weeds with as little time and effort as possible!
1. Act Quickly
Tackling weeds as soon as they are noticed, ideally when they are young, can reduce future work massively. By removing the root of the weed early you prevent it coming back stronger next time. The best way we’ve heard of doing this is to use a sharpened hoe sprayed with a little oil, which helps it glide through the soil.
2. Keeping patios and paths clear
Weeds can be an absolute nightmare in between paths and patios if left to grow. We’re found that dedicated weeding tools will serve you best but if you don’t have one an old kitchen knife, these will help you get out the individual weeds with relative ease. If you’re having a tough time sometimes a good ‘dab-on’ weed treatment can help make hardier weeds.
3. Bark Mulch
Mulch can be a massive time and effort saver, plus it’s super friendly to both the environment and animals. Some claim that if used correctly it can eliminate up to 90% of weeds before they establish themselves. It’s suggested that you used 4-5 cm at the least of this mulch, some of the favorites are cedar or pine bark.
An extra top tip is to not use landscape fabric under your mulch as weeds will sprout through it with their roots growing into it.
4. Lawn weeds
Only the toughest weeds can survive living with the competition from the grass and constant cutting and mowing your lawn goes through. However, when your grass is damaged or lacking the nutrients it needs then weeds can start to take hold.
The best way then to get rid and prevent weeds is to grow a thicker, healthier lawn. After much research the best technique we can find to a luscious lawn is as follows;
- Rake the areas that are looking thin, weak, discolored or tired gently with an appropriately sized leaf rake, this will help remove any rogue debris as well as getting the grass to stand up straight.
- Next, add a decent layer of soil (around 4-5 cm worth) and rake it smooth.
- Add a fair quantity of quality grass seed to the soil, spreading evenly.
- Rake smooth, then lightly step over the area to embed the seeds deeper into the soil.
- Finally maintain these patches with fertiliser regularly and water when it’s dry.
If you have any stray weeds, many of the techniques for patio weed control can be used here too. An old kitchen knife, weeding tool or ‘dab-on’ weed treatment can be used to get rid of individual weeds. In the case of a more serious weed outbreak, it’s often best to treat the entire lawn with a special lawn weed treatment.
5. Chemical Weed Killer
If you have to resort to using a chemical weedkiller, make sure of the following:
- Choose the right weedkiller for the weed you are trying to kill, taking into consideration its situation and the surrounding plants.
- Follow the guidelines on the packet to the letter. Never use weedkillers at a ‘stronger’ dilution than that recommended on the packet.
- Apply weedkillers just before the weeds are ready to flower. This not only prevents them setting seed, but it is when the weeds are at their most vulnerable.
- Apply the weedkiller accurately, taking care not to get it on nearby ornamental plants.
- Choose a dry, still day to apply weedkillers. If it rains soon after application, much of the chemical will be washed off.
Our recommended Weedkiller of choice is Roundup Pro Bio, the formula is proven to offer full weed control making it the choice of many professionals across the UK.