Jul 09., 2016 / Garden
A Definitive Guide on Keeping your Garden Weed Free!
In gardening they always say, there are no good weeds, just unwanted. Indeed it is true, bindweed, nettles or dandelions are good to eat or useful for wildlife. But, in a well-adapted environment, these wild plants thrive at the expense of your species & plants by stealing soil, nutrients, and light. It is important that you get rid of these. There are various more or less environmentally friendly ways to get rid of the nasty weeds in your garden.
Let’s take a look at some of the most common ways that you can try.
With common garden tools
To be effective, hand weeding should be done regularly in the spring and summer. From March, water the garden soil to aerate and soften. The loosened soil is always easier to weed. Insert the blade of your edger 2 cm at most and lift the side. After about eight hours, they will have dried up.
A weed eater would be a good tool that you can use if you’re aiming at cleaning your personal lawn or backyard. Here are some good weed eaters that I found helpful – https://reviewsbyexpert.com/top-10-best-weed-eater-2016/
The weeder knife is, however, more convenient to pull the weeds that spread along the ground (dandelion rosette).
With a mechanical weeder
Particularly useful, easy to operate, the weed eater is designed to cut the weeds from the root. Equipped with an ergonomic aluminum handle with control handle and ejection system, it can work effortlessly with maximum precision.
Place the strings over the plant to remove, then push them by pressing with the foot on the notched horizontal support of the trimmer. Then tilt the handle toward you. This lever movement closes the strings around the roots and cuts the unnecessary quickly.
Personal Tip: Cover the ground with the mulch of the plant, mineral or synthetic that prevents weeds from growing. Spread over 5-7 cm thick, vegetable mulch disintegrates organically over the time thus giving your garden a nice texture. This is to be renewed every year.
Use a thermal weeder
The heat evaporates the water from plants and causes their gradual drying. Depending on the plants to be treated, the destruction occurs in the hours or days following the process.
The Gas Weeder
The flame weeding using a gas weeder is the most common thermal process.
Two types of burners can be installed after the telescopic lance:
- round: to act precisely in a large area
- wide and flat: better adapted to the edges
The device runs on butane gas, like a blowtorch.
Burning requires much attention. You must pass the flame on the grass for a very short time (1-2 seconds) maintaining a distance of 5 to 10 cm. If you go to close, you might harm the whole plant and the soil. Also while using this technique, it is important that you take safety measures.
The tank capacity is chosen according to the surface to be treated:
– Small or medium: a screw-in cartridge in the movable handle or bottle shoulder
– large: a cylinder supported on wheels
Personal Tip: several passages at two-week intervals may be necessary to destroy resistant weeds.
The electric weeder
Still little known, the device (inset) creates a thermal shock in a large amount. It reaches a temperature of 600 ° C very quickly.
Just position the round tip on the floor for 3 seconds to deal with the weeds, by drying them as before. These would change the color in minutes and die within a few days.
Personal Tip: an overall height of 1m and weighing about 1 kg, the power weeder is equipped with an engine of 1600 W.
Always be careful! And always plug it into a waterproof extension cord!
Choose a chemical weedkiller
Why? – Spray liquid or granules to be spread, the chemical solution, is not ideal at first because of the risk of contamination of soil and plantations.
But we do not always have time to weed manually or using other thermal techniques. Thus, this technique will come in handy in areas infested by highly allergenic plants.
Personal Tip: in areas where there is ambrosia, highly allergenic, regulation makes weeding (all techniques) mandatory on a regular basis.
Which products to use?
There are two main families of herbicides: persistent or not persistent:
- Persistent products remain active for months, preventing the development of any type of plant, wild or cultivated. They are to be reserved for walkways, terraces, and parking areas.
- In principle, non-persistent products allow replanting after three weeks.
For effective action, use the liquid herbicide must be sprayed thoroughly.
Rain – Do not use this in wet weather there is a high risk of spreading and this would ultimately kill your good plants as well.
Windy – If the wind is blowing at the time of spraying, wait for it to calm or try the treatment overnight. Make sure you don’t accidentally spray over plants that you’re not supposed to.
Personal Tip: make sure that the chosen product is suitable for the area to be treated. Similarly, carefully follow the instructions, duration of use and safety instructions.
For my personal research I’ve been using Google since ages. Most of the stuff I’ve written here is based on my long term experience. However, I was able to good help from Reviews By Expert site, it’s a good resource if you’re looking for purchasing new tools. I also found the Wikipedia to be very helpful in my research.
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