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When it comes to weeding, it can feel a little like Groundhog Day, and if you leave it to chance, they can very quickly take over your garden.  Weeds come in different types, some will spread through seed and others through their root system.  To keep on top of the weeds in your garden, try out our top 5 weeding tips:

1 The best time to weed

The best time to weed is when the ground is wet, which is typically after rainfall or if it’s been a bit dry a good watering.  If possible, pull weeds before they have a chance to make themselves at home and spread their seeds.

The more often you weed the better chance you have of catching them early and preventing future growth.

2 Extracting the roots

It is important to get all of the weed out as some can regrow if there is a small amount of root left in the soil.  The most efficient way to get all of the weed out is to break up the soil first, you can use a cultivator or a hoe.

For larger weeds, you might need to prune the weed before digging out by the roots using a weed extractor.

For weeds growing between pavers, a paving knife is ideal for getting into the narrow gaps

3 Disrupting the flow

Disrupting weed germination will help keep weeds under control, along with regular tilling the soil with a hoe, fork or weeding cultivator, will stop seeds from settling into the soil

4 Weed waste

Unfortunately, there are some weeds that won’t break down in a home compost pile. The most effective way to dispose of your weeds is into the green bin.  This will prevent them from germinating and growing more weeds in your garden

5 Mulch magic

Applying a thick layer of mulch, approximately 6cm or so, over the soil will help prevent weed seeds from coming back