Weeds – Exceptional Situations.
Brake, debris and sprouts.
Woody perennial weeds, e.g.. thorny weeds or young trees, require several different control methods.
First, we dig out as much of the trunk of each plant as possible from the ground, cleaning small areas of soil at one time. Then we weed them regularly, as more weeds emerge. Finally, we combine covering with dark foil or agrotextile with digging. There are herbicides specifically designed to control woody stem weeds, containing glyphosate and a compound called ammonium sulfamate. The latter affects both through leaves, and the soil. In the ground it decomposes to ammonium sulphate, which is a source of nitrogen for plants. This substance acts through the soil. By applying it, we must therefore bear in mind the adjacent plants. We are holding off the planting of new species eight to 12 weeks.
Paths, patios and driveways.
Paved paths are the most practical solution, because they are not overgrown with weeds. Gravel paths or stone grit paths are difficult to maintain. The wind carries soil on them, where weed seeds develop. Gravel paths can be hoe or – in the case of small areas - remove the weeds by hand. Larger surfaces are a real challenge for the gardener. If we want to reach for herbicides, preparations containing glyphosate will work. Sodium chlorate is effective for both annual weeds, and many years, but on condition, that we apply it to weeds in the early stages of growth. Let us remember this, that in soil treated with sodium chlorate we cannot plant anything for the next six months. Some preparations are a mixture of systemic herbicides, which through the above-ground parts of plants penetrate into the root systems, soil herbicides, and sometimes also pre-eastern, destroying sprouting weeds, ensuring the sown plants grow under optimal conditions. Relevant information can be found on the leaflets attached to the preparations.
I only expect from lawns, that they will be more or less flat, green surfaces. I don't mind daisies or clover. Many garden owners, however, want their lawn to look perfect. It also happens, that inadequate soil forces gardeners to constantly fight aggressive weeds. There is a wide range of selective herbicides for everyone to choose from, which will inhibit the growth of clover after the first use, non-alloy lanterns, daisies or dandelions for the period from mid-spring to early summer. Usually, children and pets can use the treated lawn immediately after the treatment. Nevertheless, always carefully read the leaflet attached to the preparation. I wouldn't let my guinea pig eat that grass myself. You will also find information on this in the leaflet, what to do after treatment with mowed grass, which we cannot put in the composter. As a rule, producers also specify the minimum composting periods for subsequent swaths. They are the guarantee of this, that before we use such compost to fertilize plants grown in the garden, it will not contain chemicals. The many mysterious disasters in flowerbeds can be explained by the use of contaminated grass clippings as mulch.