The summer months are meant to be when your garden flourishes and blooms into stunning arrays of colour and foliage. But not everyone sees their desired results, due to another plant that’s also flourishing in the sunshine – the dreaded weed.
Weeds can grow anywhere and thrive in any conditions but are most happy to sprout when they have an abundance of sunshine and good amount of rain, meaning conditions are perfect during the British summer.
It’s important to get rid of these pesky plants before they begin to overtake your garden. Weeds love to compete with your chosen plants and will gladly suck up any water, nutrients and light meant for your other plants. They also can create a lovely habitat for various kinds of bugs, and these can increase the chance of bringing disease to your garden. Don’t be dismayed though, there are several practical steps you can take that will make sure it’s your beautiful plants that are blooming, and not a garden full of weeds.
Weed every day
Weeds tend to grow quickly during the summer and it can be a perpetual task just to stay on top of them. Consistency is the key. Taking just 10 minutes out of your day to rid your garden of any growing weeds will help you keep ahead in the battle and won’t feel so time consuming. There’s no need to spend hours pulling out weeds if you just do a little bit, and have it as part of your everyday routine.
Use your hands
Your best line of defence against these nuisances are your hands. Put on some gloves and start weeding by hand, making sure to pull them out before they begin to flower or set seed. If you wait too long they could begin spreading, making your job longer and more difficult.
If you find yourself behind in your weeding game and they seem to be overrunning your garden just pinch off or chop off the flower heads or seed pods. This will give you a little bit of time to catch up before they start to bloom again. It’s best to yank out weeds after period of rain. While the soil is moist it’s much easier to pull them out cleanly from the root and get the entire culprit. Pulling weeds in dry soil can cause the roots to break off, meaning in no time they’ll be back to full height.
Find the right tools
Once you have removed most of the easier weeds by hand, you can start tiding up the more resilient ones with your tools. Using the right tools for the job is very important. Different weeds respond to control methods in different ways, so make sure you do your research. Some great tools to keep handy in your shed are small hoes for precise weeding and a sickle or blade for cutting down taller ones at the base. As with most tools, sharpening them after heavy usage will prevent any damage and make the process a lot easier.
Consider using mulch
After you’ve finished de-weeding your garden you can start to think about maintaining it, and one of the best ways to keep them at bay is by using mulch. Weeds tend to love bare soil so it’s important to lay mulch down quickly to avoid re-sprouting. Mulch holds in soil moisture and also shades your soil to prevent weeds from germinating.
If all this fails you can look at picking up some useful weed killer, sprays or herbicide. Spraying directly will attack deep into the roots and prevent future weeds from re-appearing.
But the main piece of advice? Try to relax! Caring for your garden is meant to be a peaceful activity, and there is no need to let a few pesky plants ruin your enjoyment of the overall process. By following these simple tips you can easily stay on top of problems that may arise and have an enjoyable summer relishing in your blooming and colourful garden.