Weeds are nature’s way of reminding us that nothing gets done without hard work. Some weeds can be quite pretty, and you may find it tempting to leave them in your garden. However, as is their nature, they can grow aggressively and steal nutrients from the soil. This theft can hamper the growth of your more delicate plants and possibly kill them off.
Infuriating as they are, the harsher you pull weeds out of the garden, the more likely they are to spread. Like dead-heading flowers, if you pull up the leaf and leave the roots in place, you’re encouraging growth. If you need help with your challenging weeds, contact our garden maintenance Melbourne.
There are generally three types of weeds that you’re probably already familiar with:
- Short weeds: Some common short weeds include chickweed, plantain, purslane, prostrate spurge, knotweed, and wild violet. The roots on short weeds can be quite shallow, but it’s crucial nonetheless to get all of them out of the ground. Feel around under the foliage for where the stems protrude. Using your trowel, dig under the roots to loosen the soil and pull up. Make sure you dispose of all the roots and leaves and leave nothing behind, or it will continue to spread.
- Tall weeds include dayflower, smartweed, pigweed, Canada thistle, velvetleaf, and quickweed. You might be able to pull tall weeds out of the ground easier than short weeds. Do still use a trowel to loosen up the soil, however, and make sure you pull out the entire root too.
- Taproot weeds have a single root that can extend for anything up to a foot below ground. The most familiar taproot we all know and love is the common dandelion. Pretty as they can be, it’s essential to pull them up before they turn into dandelion puffs in autumn and seed extensively.
1. Keep On Top Of Things
Know what’s growing in your garden and try to identify any weeds early before they establish and begin to flower. If you remove the flower, you can stop it seeding and spreading.
2. Get The Right Tools For The Job
Generally, a fork is best for weeding flat weeds, and a trowel is better for removing weeds with deep roots. A screwdriver can also be handy for those awkward weeds that like to test your patience in between gaps in the concrete. When weeding, have a bucket ready to put them straight into to avoid any leaves or roots going astray in your garden. And, of course, don’t forget the gardening gloves to protect your delicate green fingers.
3. Dampen The Soil
Moist soil is much easier to work with than dry clay. Either wait until after a rainy day to do your weeding or dampen the soil to a soft texture. Try to avoid fully saturating it as this can be difficult to work with too.
4. Remove The Weed
It sounds like an obvious one, but eradicate the weed from your garden. Put it straight into the trash to avoid it grabbing any opportunity to reseed. Be prepared, though, for it will probably find a way to come back!