EAS­IER WEED­ING

FOL­LOW TH­ESE TIPS TO MAKE WEED­ING LESS OF A CHORE. AIM TO START WEED­ING EARLY IN SPRING.

Country Gardens - - GARDEN KNOW-HOW -

WEED WHEN THE SOIL IS MOIST. It’s es­sen­tial—and much eas­ier—to pull whole plants by their roots. Try to do it right af­ter a rain, but if that’s not pos­si­ble, first give the bed a thor­ough soak­ing with the sprin­kler then weed the next day.

WEED ON A DRY, SUNNY DAY. The weeds you re­move on a sunny day will shrivel in the sun, es­pe­cially if piled on a ce­ment walk or in a bucket. Hoe an­nual weeds on a sunny day, mak­ing sure to sever the plant from its roots (see “ID Your Weeds,” page 18). If weed­ing on cool, over­cast, moist days, col­lect and re­move weeds from the gar­den.

PRO­TECT YOUR­SELF. Wear tough, well-fit­ting gloves. Con­sider nitrile or la­tex-dipped gloves found at gar­den cen­ters or au­to­mo­tive or paint stores. In­vest in a kneel­ing pad or kneepads to make weed­ing more com­fort­able and keep your clothes cleaner.

USE CHEM­I­CALS AS A LAST RE­SORT. Her­bi­cides can be ef­fec­tive on ma­ture plants. Some her­bi­cides at­tack grasses only and are good choices for flowerbeds. Other her­bi­cides are “non­s­e­lec­tive,” so they kill ev­ery­thing they touch. Fol­low all la­bel direc­tions ex­actly. Re­peat ap­pli­ca­tions may be nec­es­sary to kill ma­ture weeds.

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