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How to get rid of weeds from the flower beds?

How to get rid of weeds from the flower beds

Weeds can get everywhere and be a real nightmare. In this article I will not only discuss how to get rid of weed from the flower beds but show you how to get rids of weeds once and for all.

To put it simply. A weed is a plant in the wrong place. They’re wild, grow in places they are not wanted and are usually a nightmare to get rid. The worst things is that if you try and get rid of them in the wrong way, you will only end up with more weeds which is why it’s important you get this right.

I have some very easy, simple to follows tips for you so that, not only will you be able to get rid of your weeds but you’ll stop them from coming back!!!

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You want to try and be as efficient as possible. Cover the largest area with the least amount of effort and avoid causing unwanted damage. All will be explained very soon.

What not to do

What you don’t want to be doing is pulling, tugging or digging the weeds. Basically the stuff we always do to try and get rid of them, which then leave us with blistered hands and an aching back. Think about it. When we go about this  the old fashioned way, grabbing a hoe and hacking away what we end up doing is breaking the surface of the soil which then brings up weed seeds to the surface. Basically the ideal place and environment for them to germinate.  Whereas before they were too far down to be able to grow.

So no pulling, no tugging and no digging. You get me.

One Quick mention since we’re talking about hoeing. If you have yourself a nice sharp hoe it will be handy to shave off the surface, but this will only be good for weed seedlings nothing larger. Also, when digging and hoeing be careful not to damage the roots of wanted plants.

Easy solution, don’t use a hoe

 

The quick and cheap solution.

There are quite a few solutions to getting rid of weeds. Some may be expensive and very effective whilst others may seem cheap, but not be so effective.

I have a cheap solution which if done properly can be quite affective.

Black plastic bag. Or bin bag, bin liner whatever you wanna call it. This cuts off the light air and water of the roots however might not be the best looking solution.  Anyway you can always cover the bags with something. Once the weeds have died just rake away.

Solution number two Mulching

If you don’t know much about mulching no worries, there was a time when I didn’t either.

There are many benefits to mulching but the one which we need here is that it’s also used to suppress weeds.

I’ll shall soon have a separate article on what mulching is and how to mulch, but for now remember mulching is going to prevent weed seeds from germinating.

You could use bark chipping which is a cheaper option especially if you have a lot of ground to cover or you could use gravel, which might be a bit expensive but would do a very good job.

The aim is to try and deny the weeds access to light however allow rain and air to reach the soil.

One interesting technique is to use a layer or two of newspaper covered with a mulch of leaves and grass. Trust me give it a go and you’d be surprised.

Become a weed killer with chemical control.

One option for your weeds is chemical control. However don’t forget that just like the hoeing problem if care is not taken you may end up killing desirable plants, and of course we don’t want that happening now do we.

Different weed killers are available for different kinds of weeds so you may have to do a bit of research. Always read the label

I hope you’ve enjoyed the read. Now its time to go out there and teach those weeds a lesson.

If you have any tips or tricks which you know about why not leave a comment below.

 

 

Early Summer Gardening Tips

June has arrived and this year is going to be a great one. I’ve got for you some great early summer gardening tips which are going to make this Summer the best one yet.

The quick clean up and wash down

The retched cold and miserable winter will have undoubtedly left your garden in a bit of a state I’m sure. But not to worry. The first stage is to have a quick clean up.

1) Get rid of any junk, old garden furniture, broken pots. Rake up any leaves and twigs lying around.

2)  Grab yourself a lawn edger and edge away recreating that neat boundary you had beGarden rakefore.

3) Clean any wooden decking, stone patios and paved pathways the quick, easy and cheapest way. One pressure washer with plain water and blast away.

Already your garden will start to take shape.

Pick up some great quality decently priced garden items below.

Save money this year, Don’t be the big spender.

Your garden is a place of luxury which should come at no extra cost. There are plenty of ways to save money in your garden and here are a few tips.

Two simple words which are going to save you money. Water but. Composter

Your drains are going to collect water right? and your plants are thirsty?

Yup you got it. 2 + 2 = 6. Ok maybe not but i’m sure you’ve got the idea.

Placing one or two inexpensive, nice looking water butts under your drain pipes will help you become the environmental super hero that everyone is looking for. Wuhoo.

don’t forget you can camouflage your water buts as well so that they blend into your garden.

Next money saving tip is your composter. You want a nutrient rich mulch right? Well make it yourself and for free. Just add leaves, grass cuttings and pruned branches and there you have it.

Stop being a pest

Two garden nightmares that are far too common to be ignored.

Pests and weeds.

Remember you don’t need to remove pests from your garden yourself. Let nature do the job for you.

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Provide a habitat for natural predators, ladybirds, frogs and birds and let them to the cleaning up.

Don’t and I mean DON’T flood the place with chemicals.

Follow these few tips and you’l be off to a good start to the Summer

I’m sure you have many tips you want to share. Why not leave them below.

How to trim a hedge properly

Below are some very simple, very easy to follow steps on how to trim a hedge properly. You really don’t need to look elsewhere. If you follow and stick to these tips they will help you from a to z

The first thing to bear in mind is that if you give your hedge the attention  it needs, and it has been maintained, kept even, and cut  into shape then you
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This is what you want to be aiming for,  a good looking hedge, a healthy hedge, and a hedge that’s going to keep you happy.

On the other hand what you don’t want happening is a hedge which is all over the place. First of all this will put you off from your own garden as it will have lost its shape, but not only that it will start casting unwanted shade.

The solution is quite simple you see. Having an organised schedule will allow you to keep your hedge in shape and looking the part without you having to exert too much time into it. Honestly minimal effort yet maximum results.

 

Which  tool to use

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For a quick trim here and there or for quite a small hedge, hand shears will be fine especially if they are kept sharp.
Remember blunt shears are going to be a night mare.

However for longer hedges you will need an  electric or battery or petrol-powered hedge trimmer.

I will discuss each one separately later on.

These tools will make life a lot easier for you and make sure you are not left with tired arms at the end of your hedge trimming session.

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Getting the season right.

The best time to start hedge trimming is in the spring. The reason for this is that if cut in Winter or at a time when there are extremely low temperatures the new cuts become exposed and may react badly. However, pruning times may vary depending on the type of the hedge.

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Now on with the trimming.

When you start working
on your hedge go for the large branches first and then aim for finer pruning as this will make life a lot easier.

You want to start with the top. To get a flat top you should be able to cut by eye if the hedges haven’t grown too tall. If they have an easy solution is to use two stakes and a string.

When cutting you want to cut downwards making the top of the hedge narrower and keeping the base wider. This is so the bottom of the hedge is not prevented from the Sun and light that it needs.

Once the hedge has been cut, remove away all trimming. This will help with controlling any sort of fungal disease from spreading. Sometimes your plant will not be able to be protected from such diseases. If it does die or is considerably damaged and it is beyond saving then wait until Autumn and then replace the hedge plant.

 

Finally. Once you have your hedges cut they would need watering and mulching in order to keep them in the best condition.

 

Warning. Make sure no birds are nesting as it is an offence to damage or destroy their nests.

Have you got any tips or lessons to share on hedge trimming? If so please do leave a comment below.

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