Weed All About It

Some people actually find this a pleasurable and therapeutic task, other find it a detestable but essential enterprise. Whichever side of the fence you fall on; we have a helpful guide to help you on your way.

1) Creepers – Any weed with name “creeping” should be removed as soon as possible.These can spread alarmingly quickly, choking your seedlings and opening up cracks in your paving. Examples include creeping buttercup, creeping thistle and agropyron repens, (or couch grass as it is commonly known). Once removed these weeds should be destroyed.

2) The gentleman weed – The common figwort, truffle like in its shape, and whitish-green in its colour is can actually be fun to remove. It literally just pops out of the soil with a little pressure, and leaves no residue or root.

3) The assassin – The fleabane, if captured early can be similar to the figwort. Easy to remove initially, however, if you don’t capture it early, you will find that this friendly weed can become rampant in your garden, and can be a nightmare to remove.

4) The educational weed – Dandelions are often seen as your lawns worst enemy – but they don’t have to be. If you have young children, then dandelions can be an effective learning resource. They can be a fun way to teach your children how plants reproduce efficiently, and at the end of the lesson you can blow the seeds away.

5) The fun weed – Like the dandelion, the traditional lawn lover’s worst enemy, but who would want to deny their children the opportunity to be creative? Making daisy chains should be part of every young child’s spring. Once all the daisies are gone, remove their roots by all means.

So, there you have it, our quick-fire guide to weeding. It can be tortuous and infuriating, but also fun and educational. Enjoy!

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