Gardeners spend the majority of their time doing an inordinate amount of weed removal. Early on when you are first getting involved with plants, or your yard it may seem as a somewhat fun task, but it will not take long for this task become a dragged out chore. Weed removal should always be left to the professionals, especially when you have an abundance of plants in your landscaping. Weeds are nature's organic healing remedy for wounds on plants. Some weeds are completely okay and temporarily can be acting in a beneficial manner. Knowing what weeds are good, bad, okay and can temporarily stay, or need to go right away can be difficult to spot with-out some research and due diligence. Knowing what you are doing is key to weed removal success, and lawn or garden health.
When removing weeds, it is important to remove all the way down to the root. During this tedious task it is extremely important that you do not to disturb the weed seeds all around the surface surrounding the weed. One should only dig if absolutely needed to remove the root because you could be unintentionally and simultaneously planting another weed seed under the soil. After the removal of the weed or weeds it is important to cover the disturb area in its entirety. Weed seeds can lay dormant for an extended period of time so it is important to cover the area with mulch or more plants that will dominate the fight for nutrients, not allowing the weeds to grow back to the surface.
Weeds that are in open lawns, should be taken care of in a slightly different manner. To minimize the disturbance a smaller sharp blade should be used to cut through the roots. This will kill the weed’s feeding source, and not digging them out will leave you without patches missing from your picture perfect lawn that you are striving for.
Some weeds will just flat out be near to impossible to remove with-out extremely damaging the surrounding areas. Weeds that fall into this description are typically big and these weeds should be handled by chopping their heads off. Most annual weeds have a period where they have a “seed rain” a time where all of the weeds seeds collectively fall to the ground. When you cut off the heads it minimizes the seed rain and if done early enough can completely prevented. Cutting off the weeds head make the plant go into survival mode to fix wounded area and its focus is then not on reproducing and spreading.
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