Weed control-Tips and prevention
Weeding is one of the most maligned jobs in the garden, but there are many ways that we can make life easier for ourselves and cut down on the amount of work needed to keep the garden weed free.
Start a compost heap By starting a compost heap, you will be able to make your own rotted compost to use as mulch on your borders. It’s also a great way to recycle garden waste and saves taking it to your local ‘green skip’. Remember not to add flowering weeds to your heap, as the seeds may germinate in the compost when it has been spread on the garden!
Use a ground cover material Areas that are to be newly planted can be covered with a permeable membrane to act as ground cover material, once the ground has been thoroughly prepared. This will allow water in but keep the light out and stop the majority of weeds from growing. Planting can be done through the membrane by cutting a cross in it and to finish, the area can be covered with bark or gravel
Cover unwanted ground on the vegetable garden
Large areas of ground that are not needed on the allotment can be covered with black polythene sheeting, old carpet or ground cover material. This will smother weeds and stop them growing until you are ready to cultivate the ground.
Check that this is okay if you rent an allotment as some do not allow this. It can be unsightly.
Spreading mulch on your garden is one of the most useful jobs that you can do for a number of reasons.