Dock leaves, horsetail, brambles, bindweed…the list of pervasive weeds goes on! Here are our top tips for dealing with them.
- Use a hand fork or trowel to dig out the roots as much as possible (whilst trying to minimise soil disturbance for your veggies.)
- In particular badly affected areas, if you’re pulling them out from a raised bed or similar, then once you’ve dug out the worst, spread a 2-3 inch layer of compost over the top of the soil to act as a weed suppressant.
- Pull new shoots out as soon as you can, and as often as you can to weaken the plant roots that remain under ground. Meanwhile, use a hoe to keep on top of other, less invasive weeds. Doing this will keep your weeding efforts to a minimum whilst giving maximum results.
- If you have brambles, docks etc around the outskirts of your veg patch, try to cut them down before they go to seed, to reduce the chances of new weeds appearing in your veg plot.
- Be persistent. It’s the only way to deal with these weeds – the aim is to weaken the roots over time, and avoid new plants from appearing. You may get better results in the future by switching to no dig (see posts below)