Identifying Your Garden Weeds

Identifying your garden weeds will help you to understand how they grow and how to eliminate them once and for all in your garden.

Knowing exactly what is growing in your garden - plant or otherwise - has its advantages. You can research just what the weeds need to grow and eliminate these from you garden -thus getting to the root of the problem rather than just either pulling the pests out or spraying them with a chemical.

To eliminate all weeds you need to regularly tend to your garden by weeding and general maintenance.

The following are weeds found in most everyday gardens:

Hairy bittercress

This is a common weed that seems to develop very quickly and can easily take root in compost of new plants - check before you buy anything new before planting.



Annual meadow grass

This is often found in lawns and also appears in neglected borders. It can be prevented by good and regular maintenance of both lawns and borders and regular mowing.

Annual nettle

This nettle is a regular weed found in most gardens. They tend to spring up rather quickly in beds, borders and any vacant spaces in-between plants. This nettle needs a chemical weedkiller for the prevention in future years. Try glyphosate or glyphosate trimesium.

Groundsel

This is also found in borders and beds and after setting seed it grows just about anywhere. Ensure that you handweed and remove all seedlings. Covering the ground with bark chips or gravel can stop them spreading.

Chickweed

This is a small root-ball with lots of little leaves. Handweeding regularly usually keeps these weeds at bay.

Dock

Although helpful when the nettle is around, these are also weeds and grow from small root sections. For removal you will need a weedkiller containing 14-D or MCPA.

Horsetail

This weed has underground stems and can spread and grow very rapidly. Digging from the surface is rarely successful so the use of a glyphosate weedkiller is recommended.

Couch grass

Often found in borders and beds this weed has spreading roots. Try smothering with black polythene or laying bark chippings.

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