“My garden is my greatest work of art”. An utterance by Monet, the great master impressionist, whose garden scenes are legendary. Anyone who enjoys spending time in nature will most certainly understand the pride Monet took in his green oasis with its majestic climbing roses, exotic flowers, sweet herbs and famous water lily pond. It is an ideal place to rejuvenate and let your spirits flow - not only for artists or hobby gardeners. If only there weren’t all these bothersome weeds. Because apart from being an eyesore, they also take away light, nutrients and space from the ornamental plants. Here are some useful tips on how to deal with the nuisance of dandelion, bishopweed and others.
Weeds on garden paths and in flower beds
If weed is growing on your garden paths, it is advisable to use pointers or flame weeding devices. Pointers are ideal for removing grasses or moss growing in the cracks of sidewalks or garden paths. Flame weeding devices use a different method: as the name reveals, heat is used to combat the weed. However, the plant is not burnt entirely, just enough so that it dies off by itself. This is most effective when the plant is still young and if the procedure is repeated several times. Now to your flower beds: if you want to prevent weeds from growing in the first place, you have two natural options with a long-lasting effect. You can cover the soil in-between your ornamental plants with mulch or straw. This deprives weed seeds of the light they need to germinate and grow. You should, however, remember to fertilise the soil, as mulch depletes the nutrients when it decomposes. Alternatively, you can also prevent weeds from growing by planting groundcovers such as ivy, wild ginger or pachysandra. These low-maintenance ornamental plants form a natural barrier against troublesome weeds and are also quite decorative.
How to control weeds in your lawn
Clover, dandelion or speedwell quickly make even a well-maintained lawn appear unkempt. To combat this problem, it is advisable to ensure optimum nutrient supply. The reason: weeds in the lawn are primarily a consequence of insufficient maintenance. Clover and other weeds need less nutrients than lawn grasses, which is why they will also grow in nutrient-poor soil unsuitable for lawn grasses. That is why it is recommendable to fertilise and water your soil regularly. If the weeds have already spread, it helps to scarify the lawn. A light penetration of the turf improves soil aeration and removes moss, thatch and weeds from the lawn. This is best done in spring, as it gives the lawn enough time to regenerate. And if you maintain your lawn well afterwards, it should recover in time for summer.
Martha Stewart once said that gardening is a humbling experience. We don’t know if she meant the battle against weeds. But we are quite sure that the battle becomes significantly easier if you use the tips and measures described here. Once the work is done, you can lean back and declare your garden a personal masterpiece, just like Monet. You can also visit our website to discover more beautiful gardens.