Nature blooms in full force, plants are growing nicely. But also some troublemakers appear in the garden although we didn’t plant them: Weeds! They sprout out of the lawn and destroy the hard work that you have put in. Below, you will find more information on how to prevent the growth of new weeds, and what actions you can take against the annoying plants.
The best trick is: Don’t give weeds the chance to settle in the garden. Everything begins with the purchase of lawn seeds. Cheap seeds are often interspersed with weed seeds which of course supports the growth of weeds. If you find gaps in the turf grass, sow new lawn seeds immediately.
Do not mow the grass shorter than 4 cm so that the grass can cast shade and prevent germination of the weed seedlings.
Refresh the lawn by scarifying or aerating. This helps to remove undesirable matter, to loosen the ground and to give the lawn the necessary stability. The result is: The soil will better absorb the rainwater and distribute it into deeper layers. Missing nutrients are often a cause for the dieback of plants and the spreading of weeds. With fertiliser you can give the lawn the missing nutrients to grow healthy. But do not forget to water during longer dry periods.
Different ways of combatting weeds
In order to get rid of weeds, you should choose the most eco-friendly technique: Mechanical weeding gives the lawn the space it needs to grow. If the soil is moist, it’s really easy to pull the plants out of the soil. For bigger weeds like dandelion, we recommend using a weeding trowel.
Before using chemical herbicides, try to use biodegradable products such as stinging nettle liquid manure, vinegar, or salt. Spray the liquid directly onto the unwelcomed plant. Repeat this process until the weeds are dead.
Also, boiling water helps against unwanted weeds. Just pour the boiled water over the plant, let it dry and remove the plant residues.
Limit the use of chemical weed killers since they threaten the health of humans, animals and plants. If you need to use it, apply it according to the instructions on the package. Herbicides work really well. Apply them only to designated plants and areas.
Not every weed is a nuisance. Many of them have positive effects which we often don’t know about. The nettle is for most gardeners trouble rather than help, although you can brew a tea out of the leaves, which helps against gastrointestinal complaints. Young dandelion also tastes delicious in salads. Ribwort is suitable for healing wounds, inflammations and calming insect stings. What do you think of the idea of giving such plants a place in the garden?