The Spring sun brings out the carpets of daffodils and flowering trees making it an uplifting time as the natural world comes to life filling our days with colour and scents. Of course, there will be April showers (and late frosts to watch for) amongst the sunny days, but this month is when you can turn your attention to the lawn and keep on top of those weeds which can be troublesome and can rob young plants of much-needed water and nutrition.
You don’t have to resort to chemicals to get rid of the troublesome weeds, there are safer options and granted they may require more persistence, but the benefits are worth it for your garden.
Read our five tips on how to control the weeds with no chemicals.
- Hoe over the top: Choose a dry day with a light wind, so the seedlings will dry out on the surface of the bed rather than re-rooting into moist soil. Run a hoe over a bed or between rows to kill most weed seedlings.
- Hand-weed with a fork: Hand-weeding is easiest on lighter soils and should only be attempted where it will not disturb the roots of garden plants. If you hand-weed after the rain has softened the soil, it will be easier for you to pull out complete roots and consistent hand-weeding will greatly reduce their populations. Perennial weeds should be dug out with as much root (or bulb) as possible, otherwise even small pieces of root can grow into new plants.
- Scrape them out: Scrape out weed such as dandelions or meadow grass, between gaps in your paving or patio using a weeding tool or an old knife. Tease them out, roots and all.
- Mulching: If you cover the soil with an extra layer of organic matter it can smother and inhibit weeds, as well as prevent new seeds from germinating. You can mulch with compost, bark, wood chips, newspaper, cardboard, grass clippings or most other organic matter. Our Handy Electric Impact Shredder with Box & Detachable Hopper is your perfect companion for this, see the features on our video here.
- Solarize: Cover an area of weeds with a heavy plastic sheet. This works best in the full sun, the heat collects under the sheet and literally bake the weeds. Leave the sheet in place for between four to six weeks. You’ll know it’s done as the weeds underneath will be brown and dry.
Remember April is the best time to plant most of your vegetable seeds (after your last frost and while the soil is warming up) such as potatoes, carrots, beetroot, lettuce and cauliflower.
Finally, some of the best early spring flowering bulbs to awaken your garden are daffodils, crocus, snowdrops, Lilly of the Valley and the Tulip to name but a few.