Weeds

Weeds can be described as un-cultivated plants, and indeed, many of our most prized garden flowers are directly related to weeds. However, for the purpose of this article it must be assumed that a weed is any plant which was neither planted nor required in the garden by the owner, such as grass growing between crazy paving or on gravel paths. Weeds can be divided roughly into two sections, the first being the annual weeds which flourish during the summer months and are spread by flowering and distributing their seeds, and the perennial types which are far more difficult to deal with. These include the ones whose root system runs along underground sending up top growth as they proceed. As far as annual weeds are concerned the main treatment needed is regular hoeing, and if this is done they will have less chance to reproduce by seeding themselves. If caught in their early stages of growth annual weeds may be simply hoed out of the soil and left on the surface to rot. However, if their growth is fairly advanced they must be removed to the compost heap.

Perennial weeds need very thorough attention and the most successful way of dealing with them is by deep digging and removing every bit of underground root seen. These must be taken away and burned. If a chemical weed-killer is used for treatment, make quite sure that the one chosen will not kill off surrounding crops and trees and apply it exactly as the manufacturers recommend. Always keep the can used for its application exclusively for this purpose and paint the word “weed-killer” clearly on the side in bright paint.

Any occupier of a plot of ground which is smothered in perennial weeds such as docks and thistles, technically called “obnoxious”, is required by law to destroy these if they are causing trouble to neighbouring property. He runs the risk of being given a time limit in which this must be done or an alternative fine for failing to comply with the regulations.

Lawn weeds which cannot easily be destroyed with either the hoe or other garden tools should be treated with a suitable selective weed-killer. If the weeds are extensive, the whole area of lawn should be covered but if the weeds are localised a spot treatment may be sufficient.

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26. August 2013 by admin
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