Spring… ‘Tis the season for weeds to show-up
Spring is the season for grassy weeds like goose grass and broadleaf weeds like knotweed, to come out from wherever they are deep in the soil. Weeding them out, stopping them before they emerge and disposing of them are some of the chores that we perform during this season, as warm weather and rainfall cause weeds to flourish and germinate.
The best time to get them under control is during spring and early summer as they emerge. After June, there are less weeds to take out.
The following tips can help you to get rid of weeds and stop them from spreading:
- Digging up weeds with a garden fork aiming to remove all the root, is the most effective method. If properly done, it can work wonders.
- Adding a barrier. Adding mulch on top of soil suppress weed growth while releasing essential nutrients back to the soil. You can also add a fabric under the mulch for better protection.
- Mowing frequently. The grass is a good way to deter weeds as it weakens the plants and stop them from setting seed.
- Pouring boiling water. Weeds growing on patios can be killed by simply pouring boiling water as it not only kills the weed plant, but can kill any seeds that are dormant.
- Make homemade weed killer with backing soda. Sprinkle the plants with water and sprinkle backing soda afterwards. Reapply in 4-6 weeks if weeds have not disappeared.
- Adding vinegar or acetic acid, is also very effective but drastic method at destroying weeds. Your standard brown fish-and-chips vinegar will go a decent way to helping with your problem. Simply pour into a spray bottle and spritz onto the desired plants.
- Disposing of weeds properly. Collecting and burning them is a common method, as most composters are not capable of decomposing them. However, did you know that weeds can be composted in the HOTBIN? Learn how to compost weeds in the HOTBIN. Read how