how do you stop weeds returning
Hi there Wesso. There is no cure for weeds really, unless you want to use a strong chemical and i think we dont want to go down that road.
Perennial weeds need to be dug up and taking every bit of root with it or it will eventually grow back. I have the same trouble on my lottie with the birds visiting my veg plot deposting their droppings that contain weed seeds. Its just part of gardening.
Annual weeds can be hoed and left on the surface for the sun to dry them out.
If you can bare the cold, now is a good time to get rid of those perennials as growth has slowed down alot. Once the area is cleared and as long as there are no plants to be damaged, cover the area with thick cardboard to exclude the light or thick black polythene, but do remember that dark places are good areas for our friends, slugs and snails to hide in the winter, for when springs comes they will devour your tender flowers and veg.
You can always throw the slugs and snails to the birds, who in turn will give you back a present of more droppings with more weed seeds. Its just part of gardening. Good luck.
15 Dec, 2009
Chuffa' that was a delight to read !
With annual weeds always remember the saying - 'one years weed, ten years seed' and get them out or hoed before they set seed.
Thats really nice Chuffa not to go down the chemicals road. I really agree about the old saying about weeds, but I think you mean't 'One years seed, ten years weed' didn't you Wagger?
To take this question literally... cover over your garden above and round the sides with a membrane weed seeds cannot penetrate, such as polythene.
Then heat sterilise ALL the soil down to a depth of several feet. Double dig and remove every tiny piece of perennial weed roots.
Make sure that every bit of compost you EVER use is fully sterilised as weed seeds will come in from every garden centre plant and certainly any imported soil or compost.
If any weeds do come up now, you must pull them out instantly before they seed or you will have to start again.
Only use boiled water to water, as I'm not even sure that tap water doesn't have the occasional weed seed in it.
Change your shoes before you enter your hermetically sealed garden, and wear sterile overalls. Probably an air lock would be a good idea.
Then, and only then, would your weeds never come back! (or have I missed something!)
Weeds will always be with us!
Perhaps the easiest solution is not to call them weeds but 'wild flowers' and start to enjoy them!
(Hope you don't mind the non-serious answer; just having fun!)
you forgot the birrrrrds
you could use a membrane in your borders that lets water through but not light as well as the above .if someone has already said this i do apolagise happy xmas everybody for what its worth .i think baaa humbug lol
don't you just love when some one agrees, the best part of christmas is when it's all over,
Having a bad day, Mad - thanks for pointing my idiocy out. :-)
here here cliffo
Merry Christmas Nosey and Cliffo!! :~))) /:~((((
thank you skillen
I will be celabrating hogmanay, what ever happend to Jimmy Shand,all the best Skillen ,infact all the best to all you grate people on goy.
16 Dec, 2009
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