WEED­ING

Hayes & Harlington Gazette - - YOUR GARDEN -

The best way to keep weeds un­der con­trol is by hoe­ing an­nual weeds and dig­ging up peren­ni­als.

A good thick mulch will also sup­press weed growth as well as re­tain­ing mois­ture in the soil.

Plant ground cov­ers, such as pachysan­dra, ajuga or al­chemilla, in larger ar­eas.

Use boil­ing water on weeds in grav­elled or paved ar­eas or a flame gun.

HAND­PICK OR HOSE

As gar­den­ers of rel­a­tively small plots, we have a big ad­van­tage over the large com­mer­cial grow­ers.

Sim­ply pick­ing off aphids as they ap­pear and crush­ing them or hos­ing down af­fected plants will re­duce the need to spray.

RE­LAX!

Adopt a more re­laxed ap­proach to what you might oth­er­wise think of as weeds. For ex­am­ple, net­tles are a won­der­ful breed­ing ground for the lar­vae of but­ter­flies, as are this­tles, docks, sor­rel weed and meadow grasses.

So con­sider leav­ing a patch of

Tuck­ing in: A Lady­bird eat­ing aphids

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