Guide written by:
Crystal, Owner of a small gardening business, Oxford
Firstly, it's important to note that there aren't really any 'good' or 'bad' plants. Weeds are simply wild plants that crop up where they're not wanted. After all, few people want dandelions in a flowerbed!
Weeds can grow just about anywhere but this can work to your advantage as long as you know how to use the plants. In fact, it may surprise you to hear that weeds can offer as many benefits as they do drawbacks!
All things considered, weeds aren't really the sworn enemy of gardeners or crops! These plants might not affect the productivity of your garden as much as you may think and are usually removed from the garden through habit or for purely aesthetic reasons. In fact, various types of thistles and grassy weeds are often found in well-tended gardens!
Weeding is the only way to get rid of any unwanted plants but it's often a slow and tedious job. So if you don't want weeds, it's a good idea to prevent their growth in the first place or, at the very least prevent, them from growing too much. Here are six common ways to keep on top of the weeds in your garden:
Let's make one thing clear: there is no way to get rid of weeds permanently and even chemicals have their limits. To make matters more complicated, studies have shown that weeds tend to grow with more prolifically in a well-maintained gardens than in wilder, more natural settings!
Choosing the right time to approach this daunting task is really the only sustainable solution if you want a consistently weed-free garden. This means cutting or pulling out the offending plants at just the right time to weaken their growth and ensure they wither away. Weeds must not be allowed enough time to build up their reserves for the winter. The three main weed varieties should be tackled at specific times. Here is a quick guide to help you out:
Guide written by:
Crystal, Owner of a small gardening business, Oxford, 56 guides
From a background in waste transportation, I became a farmer specialising in organic gardening. A graduate of Horticultural Production, I tried for several years as a young farmer to settle in the beautiful region of Oxfordshire. After many disappointments, I finally started a small-business in home services, specifically in gardening, assisted by my loving, dear husband. Passionate about nature and wild edible plants, I am very attentive to ecological solutions and respectful of our environment in all aspects of my daily life. From the vegetable garden to the flower beds, from seed to harvest, I have all kinds of advice up my sleeve. Do not hesitate to ask me your questions.