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Just want a nice garden, not a war zone! Let’s be clear, gardening is a pleasure, but it is also time-consuming and we do have families, careers and social lives to focus on. Added to that, we have to fight a war. We have to fight weeds.
Weeds are a problem, a very large problem. We simply cannot stress how much of a problem weeds really are. You find them in your shrubbery, in the walls of your house, and given a chance they will consume entire cities.
There are ways to battle this vermin like foliage, but the first rule of winning a war is to know your enemy:
Dandelions. One of the most common weeds, they attack lawns with no mercy, ruining them by digging their roots deep into the soil and becoming extremely difficult to permanently remove.
Oxalis Corniculata. The Creeping Woodsorrel is extremely hardy and is very difficult to remove, with even younger plant’s roots running very deep. It also spreads very fast through grassy areas.
Bittercress. The weed’s artillery. Its explosive seed mechanisms make its short lifespan seem never ending, and it can quickly spread throughout a garden.
Chickweed. It is very difficult to control the growth of Chickweed, as it has a heavy seed set, which allows it to thrive just about anywhere.
Giersch. The Ground Elder, or Bishop’s Weed, is another extremely difficult weed to get rid of. Hand pulling doesn’t work, raking is a no go, and as for digging, you have to be thorough to eradicate this pest. A single fragment can regrow the whole plant.
Here are some simple processes you can follow to fight the weeds:
- Applying mulch. Adding a thick layer of mulch to flower beds during spring should help prevent the weeds from breaking through the soil.
- De-weeder tools. The Gardena Unkrautstecher* can be very useful for the removal of dandelions and other large root weeds.
- Weed killer. If all else fails. Ensure to use in moderation as weed killer has a tendency to harm your precious flowers. Celafor Rasen Unkrautfrei Weedex* is ideal for use on lawn weeds whilst keeping the area safe for bees and other pollinating insects, and Bayer Langzeit Unkrautfrei Permaclean* uses herbicides that kill weeds but are safe for household pets and ornamental plants.