Getting Rid Of Persistent Weeds In The Garden

We would all love those pristine gardens
without a weed, but weeds are relentless and they are the bane of most
gardeners lives. Now, there are things you can do to help relieve the pressures on
yourself as a gardener and dealing with weeds. But first we need to look at what
those weeds are, and what we can do to prevent those weeds coming back time and
time again, and that’s going right up after this. So weeds why are we getting
them, well we all know that adage that bare soil doesn’t stay bare for long
but this is Nature’s Way in protecting that soil and stopping soil erosion and
stopping it being blown away by the winds and drying out and everything else.
It also protects all the soil microbial life because it gives them something to
feed on, because if the soil was just barren then they would just turn to sand
like the Sahara Desert. So are weeds? well,
weeds are stated as plants that in the wrong location or a plant that’s not
desired. Now, this is a weed because I don’t want it
there. does that mean that this courgette plant here which is doing pretty well, be
a weed? well, yes it’s a weed if I don’t want it. Now weeds come in all shapes and
sizes, now there are two different types there’s perennial weeds and in is annual
weeds now the annual weeds are not so much of an issue because they germinate,
they grow, and they seed all in one year and then they’re gone but they’ve left
see behind, and they’re quite easy to take control of because what we can do
with annual weeds is we can keep hoeing them off, and if we can remove those
weeds before they seed we break the cycle so annual weeds are much much
easier to get hold of, and control of, and then next we’ve got the perennial weeds
now these are the weeds they’re really hard to deal with and these are the ones
that people struggle with the most. As you can see here, my soil is absolutely
clean, and I’ve got no more weeds growing here that’s not to say that I didn’t
have them growing here. What I did was I kept those hoe’s busy now there are
multiple hoe’s available and I’ve got three or four here The important
thing about hoe’s is to keep them sharp so that they cut off the tops of those
annual weeds but with perennials cutting the top off makes no difference because
these perennial weeds they send roots right down now with annual weeds you cut
them tops off and those roots are right down there they have a store of energy
that they can put up a new top, so cutting the heads off doesn’t make much
of a difference, and they have some really good strategies in being able to
remain and survive as a plant. Some of them will send root way, way, way
down and it doesn’t matter how far that we go a get finer and finer and finer
and they are able to regrow just from the smallest amount of root. Others like
bindweed it’s an absolute nightmare for me down on the fruit pot as you can
see here but bindweed this absolutely strangles everything and
if you’ve not kept on top of then it will choke out the plants that you want
to grow. the bindweed is quite a hard weed to control.
Any small piece of root will allow the plant to continue growing. So you really
must dig it out, the other way to kill off these weeds are things like mulches,
now as you can see here we have no weeds around here and we’ve used the wood chip
mulch and that helps to suppress the weeds because if the seed that is on the
soil can’t get late then they can’t germinate and secondly it also
suppresses the annuals coming through and they’re much easier to take off and
spot when they come through because when it come through if you can remove them
straight away if you’re taking the top off constantly that plant is having to
use energy from the root tubers to put a new top on which it will then photosynthesize to get new energy but if we can interrupt that and take the top off
every time it comes through then we prevent that getting the light it needs
and eventually it’ll weaken that root system and that plant will die.
Killing off all these sorts of perennial weeds is takes a long time so you really
need to be on top of things and like I said mulching with things like woodchip
or even a membrane black plastic or even cardboard can help to alleviate the
light getting to these plants and it can take over a year or more sometimes to
really make a dent in them. So if you really want to make a dent in those
weeds you really need to be on top of things you need to be hoeing constantly
and that will take care of all the annuals don’t be turning over your soil
all the time instead maybe revolve to an O dig method where you’re putting
compost on top that’ll stop bringing those annual seeds to the surface
remember guys for every year of seed that those plants are able to drop
that’s going to cause you six or seven years in order to get rid of all that seed so if you can prevent them coming to the surface in the first place then that
is gonna do a lot to dealing with those weeds germinating and if you’re holding
them off eventually that will take care of the problem for you so if you want a
nice clean pot and a nice clean garden then you can have it you just got to put
a little bit of thought and effort into it and use the membranes and the Mulches
and the hoe that’s the one of the most important tools in the garden these days
is that hoe keep on top of those weeds as they just pop their head through and
you’re gonna be golden. Anyway guys I really hope you’ve enjoyed this episode
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I’m Tony O’Neill this is UK year we grow and remember you reap what you sow.
I’ll see you in the next one bye, bye

30 thoughts on “Getting Rid Of Persistent Weeds In The Garden

  1. Thanks for viewing folks, Why not put some of your ideas and solutions in the comments on how you deal with weeds. It might just help one of your fellow gardeners. 🙂

  2. I see you have a swivel hoe. I went round various iron mongers asking for one, I felt like a scene out of the Two Ronnies as they all brought out a swivel hosepipe rose. I quite like my swoe, it looks a bit like a golfing iron, good for getting up close to the rows, and fairly effortless.

  3. we have bindweed,if youre careful not to break t off you can dig it out,but like you say the roots go a long way! Talking of weeds<I found out purely by accident that fat hen is edible! apparently it was eaten before spinach came along. Have eaten chickweed in a salad and that's quite tasty.

  4. Another great video Tony. We have the dreaded bind weed in our garden. It's a massive pain in the ass. So glad it's not up the plot x

  5. Hi in your Video 42 seconds gone you had in front of you, the best so called weed for pain relief "FULL STOP"!!! wild lettuce ! I dont use it myself but have friends and family in North Wales who use it all the time for Pain relief and they said it helps with having a good night sleep !!! the native americans indians also used this WEED or shall i say Wild Lettuce a long time before we found it !!!! PS ITS grows all over Europe and the America's

  6. Tony always keeps his Hoes Busy and Sharp…

    I know was lookin for a second income pal, but Pimpin! LOL

  7. Seriously good advice and very well presented Tony… These Vids are getting even better pal.. Thanks for the Update Buddy.

  8. Any ideas for mares tail, Tony, or fellow UKHGrowers? As our plot is riddled with the stuff, and it's even coming through the weed membrane we put down in our polytunnel.

  9. Perennial WEEDS!!!
    I've heard today that for bind weed you find the point were it is popping up and stick a 4ft cane at the side of the eruption spot.. Train it around the cane until it hits the top then blast it with a (Down to Root) weed killer.

    Wait till it gets to be a foot high fern and then target spray it with a white vinegar and fairy liquid solution (Just a few drops to make the white vinegar stick) the acid destroys the waxy protection the plant has and is drawn down the taproot to eventually kill the bugger… The old guy across from me did this for 2 seasons and now has practically no Horse tail on his plot… Everyone else is plagued by the stuff!!

  10. Some of my neighbouring allotment holders make no effort to deal with their dandelions and other fluffy weeds (Grr!). The most effective thing I have found (so far) is to surround as much of my plot as I can with a debris netting fence about a metre high. This catches a lot of the clock seeds, as well as willow herb, or any drifting seeds. You can see them on the net. So, the weeds now mainly grow outside the working area of the plot. As a next step, I am trying to extend the weed suppressing fabric which I put under my paths, so it catches the falling seeds outside the netting. Fingers crossed! (The netting can be stepped over, if you set it right, so you don't have to make an entrance. It discourages cats and foxes too.)

  11. Good advice there Tony. I'm plagued by bindweed and creeping thistles on my plots . Serves me right for rotovating 🙁🙁. All the best Nic

  12. Didn't quite understand all of that mate……….any chance you could visit my plot and give a hands-on demo? 😉😀😀😀😀😀👍

  13. When I got my plot i was just coming in to autumn, it was the typical weedy mess. so rather than the usual weeks of hard graft digging which put a lot of people off when they get a plot, especially 1st timers. I dug up useful rhubarb and potted them up, i identified any perennial weeds, dug them out, strimmed the rest and pinned down the heavy duty woven landscape fabric over the whole plot, much to the dismay of some of the older plot holders. Over the winter I then built over half the plot with several 75cm wide (30 inches) by 4.8mts (16 feet) raised beds, my shed and compost bays ready for early spring. In he spring I mixed several composts Including a large amount of local authority compost which is really good here, with other things like coir, vermiculite, seaweed, rock dust etc and filled my beds with that. I had good results with that mix. I wanted to test the difference. so early this year, I built a bunch of henrick kimble style minibeds using existing soil by cutting the fabric, loosening the soil and topping up with compost. its took a while but the old timers have realised maybe this guy ain't so daft after all as in the last season and a half I've spent a total of about 2 hrs weeding and that was all at the edges. I think this method is great for newcomers, older gardeners or just peple who don't have the time or just dont like weeding. toolstation I have found sell this fabric cheaply for the quantity you get in different sizes good for large areas. 50x2mts 10x4mts and larger sizes.

  14. What do you do if you are growing in containers like me, that only have paving slabs in the garden and those pesky weeds pop up around the containers, because of the drainage from the containers.
    My wife has scraped them out in between the slabs, and i have followed behind with my so called weed burner, but they keep coming back, any advice would be appreciated.
    Barry (Wirral, ENG)

  15. Very useful advice and information, Tony.
    I am a big believer In hoeing 😃
    My allotment has a problem with mare’s tail 😕 and I know that needs special treatment 😕
    I bought stuff from the allotment shop but to no avail 😢
    Oh well, onward and upwards!

  16. I call Bindweed n Couch grass Bastard Plants .I've just taken over an allotment. .the polytunnel was full of bindweed n I dug down n find as much as than good as I can n get it out ..couple of days later the BASTARDS back again ..I hoe n pull the roots but its hard work

  17. yea will keep at ..Bindweed is worse for me but it has such a pretty flower ..but will continue to dig it up 😣😣😣😣

  18. Stopping in to check out your channel a bit! I like what I see, good tips! I tried doing a few plants in containers this year because all of that hoeing doesn't sit well with a bad back. My peppers did not get quite as big as if they had been planted in the ground but I am quite surprised by the results, and it made weeding a near non issue. I am glad you did not mention any type of herbicide! Though it would be silly to use it IN the garden, a lot of times it seems people use it in their lawn, or in close enough proximity to it. I honestly don't mind dandy lions in my yard. The bees really rely on that early supply of nectar and pollen, they don't last very long and, they mow just the same as grass does, haha!

  19. I only have a smallish patch where bindweed appears in my garden that was uncultivated for a decade but after digging out two wheely bins of root to prepare the area I now decided to use the weed. I now mulch the area and take out bindweed as it appears to a dedicated bucket. I will use this either as compost in it or make compost tea with it. 🤞🏽(the soil in that area was incidentally very good)

  20. Would have been helpful to show the different types of common weed found on an allotment, ie couch grass, creeping buttercup etc. Perhaps you can make a follow up.😀

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