IF YOU HAVE ONE HOUR TO SPARE

Good Housekeeping (South Africa) - - YOUR HOME -

If weeds are pop­ping up faster than you can con­trol them, any hour you can give to dis­cour­age them early on is well spent. To see real progress, pick one area and blitz it. Tackle beds with a long-han­dled hoe to save bend­ing and work fast, leav­ing small an­nual weeds on the sur­face to shrivel. Pull out larger ones and throw them on the com­post heap. Peren­ni­als need thor­ough dig­ging – dis­pose of these in the rub­bish bin. Fi­nally, mulch with an 8cm layer of well-rot­ted ma­nure, leaf mould or bark chip­pings to re­tain mois­ture and de­ter re­growth.

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