Different ways to remove weeds

In general, weeds fall into three categories: easy to pull out, deep-rooted and spreading.

The easy ones could be any plant that you think just doesn't belong there. Chickweed, bits of shallow-rooted grass, even self-seeders like forget-me-nots and dame's rocket all fall into this category. You may have dozens but a quick pull or swipe with a knife and they're gone.

Deep-rooted weeds like dandelions are best attacked with a shovel, at least when they're mature. Loosen the soil on one side with the shovel and they'll pull right out. Little ones can be taken out with a knife. Just be sure to get almost all the root or it will sprout up again.

The spreading ones are the tough ones. Some, like buttercups, send out runners over the top of the soil. Others, like quack grass, sheep sorrel and many ground covers spread by underground runners. Taking out the tops is useless, you need to remove every bit of the runner or it may root and start over again.

Related Posts

See All

Root care 101

If plants were human, we might say they're schizophrenic. Part is always searching for light while another part is busily running away from it. And while leaves and light are useful for producing food

Deepening the roots

For a baby plant, constant moisture is helpful. For one that's on its way to maturity, occasional spells of dryness, but not too much, are equally helpful. Why? Because while plants have developed man

© 2023 by Train of Thoughts. Proudly created with Wix.com