How to Remove Weeds from the Garden

How to Remove Weeds from the Garden

In the previous post, I explained the tasks that you should not forget to have your garden in perfect condition. Here, I will give you more information about weeds. Knowing certain details can help keep them in check.

Why avoid weeds?

Controlling weeds is a must for every good gardener. Your garden is spectacular, yes but a place with weeds gives an image of neglect and neglect. However beautiful it may be, it will always be dull if it has adventitious plants.Besides the aesthetic inconvenience there are other reasons to eliminate them: they compete with your plants for food and cause problems of pests and diseases. I’ll give you more details below.

Disadvantages of weeds

  • With weeds in the ground, your ornamental plants must share the nutrients and water available. If resources are limited, they may not
  • grow to their full potential. If you provide fertilizer to solve it, this would be used in part for existing weeds.
  • Adventitious plants facilitate the appearance of all types of pests. The aphid and the cochineal are some of the most common, if you
  • want to know more about it, do not miss the previous links.
  • Weeds can also be infected by fungi like powdery mildew or others. From there to your plants is easy.
  • I do not want to alarm you either. It does not mean that a little weed in the garden will harm your plants, but do not let the subject get messy either.

Eliminate weeds

Weed outWhat can you do? Removing all the weeds you can from the root is the best option. And for that, nothing better than at hand. I’m sorry, but the infallible system is the one of the whole life … “to bend the back”.Stretch carefully so the plant will not break. The job will be much easier if you do with the wet floor. After an irrigation or rain will be a good time. Do not leave them too much! Try to do it before they bloom or leave their seeds.If you can not with your hand you can help with a hoe, but be careful … try not to break the root by hitting the ground or it will grow again.If the previous system does not convince you you can use a herbicide. There are many types depending on the needs you have.

Types of herbicide

Herbicides of contact (useful in annual plants) or systemic (perfect for resistant plants).
Total herbicides (kill all types of plants, very careful with them) or selective (there are 2 types, for grasses or for broadleaf plants).
Glyphosate, for example, lately so criticized, is a total systemic herbicide that is used to eliminate all types of weeds, both grasses and broadleaf. The plant absorbs the product through the leaves, passing to the entire plant that ends up dying. Care should be taken when applying not to splash the plants of interest. If sprayed near ornamental plants it is advisable to use a bell on the lance of the backpack to control the dispersion of the herbicide.

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An organic and homemade alternative is to use vinegar-based preparations. The acetic acid thereof is shown to be effective as a contact herbicide especially if applied in sunny weather.

Extraordinary measures

If your grass has been invaded by weeds, you have the option of applying a selective broadleaf herbicide. Take care to follow the doses indicated by the manufacturer, so as not to damage the lawn too. You can also apply one of total systemic type, with a brush and a lot of patience.Another possibility for large tracts of land is the use of a brush cutter. Advantage…? To be able to clean a lot of ground in a short time and to integrate the weed in the same place. But …? It only removes the aerial parts of the plants, leaving the roots intact, so it is necessary to repeat the work periodically.It is very useful in strips of protection against fires, cleaning of plots or margins of roads. But I do not recommend it for small gardens.Salt is a total and persistent herbicide. Where you throw it will not grow anything for a while. It may be a good idea to keep clean non-landscaped areas such as roads, decorative stone areas or unpaved pavements.

Why do weeds come out?

A constant pulse with nature … What for the gardener is a problem, for the planet has been a great evolutionary luck. Plants have colonized new spaces after, for example, fires or volcanic eruptions; Something that would otherwise have been impossible. Lucky for it, right?You must imagine the ground as a seed bank. In the substrate, a multitude of opportunistic seeds are accumulating. When the proper conditions of humidity and temperature are given, the life-giving process is activated. That’s why, even if you eliminate them, they always come out more.

What do we mean by weeds?

What in the field may be appropriate, in our garden may not be so much and vice versa. Just as a palm tree does not paint anything in the middle of a pineda, it is also not appropriate to see clover in the lawn or in a gardener.By definition, what we know as weeds, may be any plant that is born spontaneously in a place not suitable for us.An observation! … Species you planted in your garden, regardless of its great capacity for growth, may end up unraveling; Causing you a problem. Plants such as mint, ivy or bamboo can also end up becoming weeds. Keep that in mind! Delimits well its area of planting.

Tips to Prevent Emergence

If you do not feel like spending hours squatting by removing weeds, you can significantly decrease their appearance by following some tips.How…? Try to reduce watering only to the proximity of the roots of your plants and the necessary dose. A good idea is to implant localized irrigation by dripping.


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