Weeding, no doubt can be the most challenging task the gardener can face. Many gardeners give up on it for weeks, making weeds grow and get out of control, adding to the workload.
The reason weeds grow more in a garden is because they absorb the right nutrients the plants require to grow healthy and strong.
How to weed with hand?
There are several ways to weed your garden, but let us look at the most popular method: a weed with a hand. Some gardening projects are as satisfactory as removing the last bit of weed from a flower bed or vegetable row. If you expect to get your job done in the right season, weeding can be fun too. Wearing the gloves is needed to protect the hands and the roomy bucket or wheelbarrow to carry the weeds.
1. Do not wait to weed
If you allow the weeds to take over the tomatoes, you will find it difficult to remove them. When the weeds are small, the roots are weaker, which makes it easy to pull them. It would help if you took a short walk in your garden every day.
It will only take some minutes to pull all young weeds, which show up. Additionally, remove weeds immediately after watering the plants or after rain. Weeds will be pulled easily with the root systems if the soil is moist. Likewise, the neighboring plants will not be damaged more when the soil is damp. It is great to pull the weed roots in a compost bin where the hot temperature can destroy the seeds.
2. Grab from the base
The gardeners who weed with hand might be tempted to get their hands on the ground and snap up some weeds. Unfortunately, this often can cause the lawn to split in half, leaving the base and roots on the surface. As an alternative, take time and reach each weed at its base. Then pull steadily and slowly to remove the roots out of the ground.
Use the right tools
It is discovered by many gardeners that specific tools make weeding faster. Choose well-made tools with a sturdy handle that is comfortable to hold and a sturdy blade or head made of forged steel. Also, choose the tools, which fit this weeding method, either standing or kneeling.
• Standing Tools
there for you, where the manufacturers have made it. Like a ProHoe Rogue garden hoe, a hoe with a sharp blade can cut roots underground in a single cut. The grab and pull weeds such as the Deluxe stand-up weeder Fiskars saves labor and time by removing the deep-rooted weeds like dandelions. The sharp prongs are directed deep into the ground by pressing the pedal, then the prongs firmly grip the roots and pull them out.
• Kneeling Tools:
They have short handles of 6 to 12 inches in length. Rake type tool with finger-like prongs, for instance, the gardener’s claw rake work well to scrape up the surface weeds using a minimal root system. Like the CobraHead Weeder, the hook neck tool can be attached to the base of the weed and then use to scoop and dig out the intruder. After that, you can remove the weeds between crops and try the angled hand hoe, such as Nejiri Gama Hoe, which has a sharp point for access to tight spaces. You can also use the hand shovels to dig large roots of weeds.
Understand the Herbicides
Do you need a break from the tireless work of pulling the weeds? Controlling unwanted plants with foliar herbicides, which are toxic substances absorbed by the plant’s leaves, is easier physically than either hoeing or pulling. Be sure about the pros and cons of these herbicides before you go that route.
- Spraying foliar herbicides like Roundup effectively kills single or large weeds in the area full of weeds.
- Foliar herbicides act quickly, sometimes killing weeds daily and for up to a week after application.
- There is no need to remove weeds one by one or put pressure on your back by bending to pull weeds for a long time. When the weeds form brown color die, make a pile with a rake and throw them away.
- The wind can send herbicides to the beneficial crops, damaging them, or accidentally killing them
- Contact with chemical herbicides can cause skin irritation, while inhalation of the spray can cause sore throats and other respiratory diseases. It is always important to ensure that the spray does not come into contact with your skin.
- The chemical herbicides can affect the environment.
Avoid pulling the weeds with a preventive ounce
You do not have to pull or kill weeds if they do not grow. Consider the pre-emergent to prevent weed seeds from sprouting. Sprinkle the granular pre-emergent herbicide on the soil before it appears, such as organic garden vegetable weed preventer Preen, and spray with water. The granules dissolve and penetrate the soil, creating a barrier around the seeds of the weed. One application takes up to 12 weeks, where the product can be applied again.
Remember that when there is a pre-emergent in soil, useful seeds will stop germinating. For best results, wait for the beneficial plants to be 4-8 inches long before using any pre-emergent product. It will not kill the plants that have already grown.
Cut it out
There are some stubborn weeds, like Canadian thistle, which produce deep roots that are very difficult to pull and have spiny stems and leaves that pierce anything, being less than thick leather gloves. When you deal with these demanding customers, get sharp nippers like the TABOR TOOLS to bypass shear for medium to small-sized weeds or the long-handled shears like Fiskars 28-inch bypass lopper to cut those giant Canadian thistles. Their roots will remain in the soil, though in most instances, if you remove all the growing parts of the plant, the plant will no longer be able to receive the sunlight it requires to survive.
Know when to add heat
If you have many weeds that do not respond to many methods, the best thing to do is burn them. Like the red dragon weed torch kit, the weed burner is connected to the regular propane tank to send the flame right away to the weeds, killing and burning them. This weed burner can work well on the invaders that grow under a fence or encroach near the raised beds. Make sure the weeds are green but not dry and brown. It would help if you scorched them, not light the fire. Check with your local authorities before using the weed torch because some communities may ban or restrict its use.
Also, hot water can kill weeds. Gently pour a jug of boiled water directly onto the weeds or use the steam weeder like DynaSteam Weeder. This aids the process and reduces any risk of hot water dripping on your feet. Likewise, you can use heat to kill the weeds between the gardening seasons. After harvesting, cover the flowerbed with dark plastic (hold it with bricks or stones) and leave it for the winter. The sun will hit the plastic and increases the temperature of the soil to destroy the weed seeds.
Grow the no-till garden
When each fall at every spring, the home gardeners can turn the soil in their gardens to break down heavy clay, spread the organic matter, and provide oxygen to the soil. This way, tilling also brings the dormant weed seeds on the soil surface, where they germinate quickly. The alternative is changing the soil severally in the year to reduce weed growth. You will till, though only once when you begin to loosen the soil of the garden. Then cover the soil with 10 to 15 centimeters of organic vegetation (dry leaves, hardwood chips, or clipping grass). Mulch keeps the soil moist and prevents the weed seeds from germinating and light reaching the surface. If you need to transplant seedlings or plant seeds, push the mulch one inside.