Removal of troublesome perennial weeds

Removal of troublesome perennial weeds.

Until now, we have talked about weed control as a maintenance treatment regularly performed in the garden. But when perennial weeds get out of hand, more radical action is needed. The ground elder is the most problematic, Persian, field horsetail and morning glory, which have an extremely strongly developed root system. Usually, manual weeding does not work. Therefore, removing annual weeds on an ongoing basis, at the same time, we must devise a strategy to fight the more difficult opponent.

When large areas of the garden are overgrown with burdensome perennial weeds with a deep root system, many gardeners choose herbicides, containing glyphosate. However, repeated soil digging, best combined with foil covering, in the case of such weeds, like nettle, ground elder, couch grass or morning glory, will bring similar results. The key to success is the regularity of treatments. Regardless of, how thoroughly we dig the soil and remove even the tiniest pieces of roots and underground shoots from it, after a while the weeds will grow back. Therefore, the most important thing is to cut off their source of daylight. Without it, photosynthesis will not take place in plant cells, the weeds will weaken, and they will eventually die, although this may take up to several years.

I will never forget my friend's story, who completely discouraged from gardening. Because she was very busy professionally, her garden was completely overrun with weeds. In the end, she decided to devote one weekend a month to weeding. So what, when after a few days it turned out, that the weeds, which had been thoroughly cleaned before, had grown over again. If only she covered the weeds with black foil, dark agrotextile or even an old carpet, it would have saved a lot of work and would eventually be able to prepare the bedding area and lawn. Let's remember, never leave the cleaned soil uncovered, for the weeds will overgrow it in no time. We can either quickly plant such a place with crops and weed regularly, or cover them.

Covering the soil

Instead of using chemicals, with perennial weeds, we can fight, covering the surfaces covered by them with dark foil or agrotextile. In this way, plants are deprived of access to light, which leads to their death. The process usually takes from approx 18 months to two years. The foil or agrotextile can be spread directly on the weeds, although determined gardeners first thoroughly dig and clean the area, and then they cover him. Still others apply a single spray before covering. Let's remember, to properly load the foil or agrotextile, even with bricks or stones.

Fighting troublesome weeds

Once we clean the rebate, we get rid of perennial weeds, using herbicides containing the active ingredient – glyphosate. Field horsetail is one of the most troublesome weeds (Equisetum arvense). It is relatively easy to destroy the above-ground shoots of the plant, however, deep underground have great regenerative capacity. Crushing and trampling the leaves of the horsetail before the treatment increases the effectiveness of weeding.