Advice On The Control Of Weeds.
The issue of control weeds around your garden and home is a problem all of us have, if their is a crack in your patio or a lush green lawn you can be sure weeds / pests of some kind will find a way their.
The control of weeds can however be a ongoing task, you hand pick it one minute and the next its back even stronger and bigger.
Removing Weeds By Hand.
Control weeds by hand has to be one of the most time consuming and frustraiting tasks about gardening, as to the rate of growth they come at. The tools on the market for such a task are : WOLF GARTEN for example have a vast range of garden hoes, lawn pickers etc. This method is about the only way around your boarders and plant life and the tools on the market now are very good and one handle can give alot of tools with multi tool combi system, a range of handle lengths helps with saving your back and knees. A well worth process to maintain your gardens boarders. This is without a doubt the safest and least harmful to your garden and everything that lives in it.
Chemical Weed Control.
BE AWARE THAT IN MOST CASES WHEN NOT USING THE B&Q BOUGHT PRODUCTS A TRAINNED PROFESSIONAL MUST BE USED TO GIVE CORRECT APPLICATION OF THESE PRODUCTS, TO PROTECT AND CONSERVE THE ENVIRONMENT. IN ALL CASES IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT YOU SEEK ADVICE BEFORE YOU USE ANY SUCH PRODUCTS.
What Are Pesticides?
” A pesticide is any substance, preparation or organism prepared or used to control or destroy a pest.”
Within your garden pest may be seen by you for example:- WEEDS, FUNGUS, SLUGS, RATS & MICE EVEN EXCESS GROWTH OF GRASS, OR CATS & DOGS.
Some Different Pesticides For Garden Use.
HERBICIDES: A substance that is toxic to plants, used to destroy unwanted vegetation. Green growth control. Will show as a “H” on any product label.
FUNGICIDE: Control of disease – fungus. Shown as a “F” on the label.
INSECTICIDE: Contol of insects / fly killer. Shown as a “I” on the label.
Always be aware of the warning symbols of all labels and read the directions of use and observe safety advice.
The off the shelf common ROUND UP from your garden centre is a good way of controling your pests (other products are available), however the use and concentration may not be as good as what a professionally qualified operator may use, So hopefully you will have better results without the issue of getting your hands dirty yourself.
Be aware that if you do employ someone to control weeds for you, that you check that they a qualified. They should have A CITY & GUILDS qualification or equivalent :
Pa1: Safe use of Pesticides – qualification
Pa6a: Safe use of hand held applicators – qualification
Method Of Application.
Hand held applicator is not like your bottle of round up from your local B&Q. Its usually a knapsack sprayer or similar. You may have seen local operators using them, usually dressed in a white suit with gloves and mask looking like there is a crime being investigated somewhere. (see picture below)
This Method of controlling weeds is very effective, its a timed and measured process when professionally done. Your whole garden will be covered in a short amount of time, A great control weed process as the amount applied is usually a professional graded product. The quantity is correct to effectively remove the weed growth, with regular application this ongoing process works wonders. It can be the end of those unsightly pests.
A Few Points.
If you choose not to use a hand method to control weeds, you may want to be sure the product is fit for purpose as weed killing products can be selective on what it effectively kills.
Be mindful of drains and any water sources on or around your property
Be aware of any food crops around you because of over spray.
Watch out for a pond or lake stream or water, and places were wildlife may have made their home.
Read the labels on the product about application conditions and time of year for best results.
Observe PPE instructions and those of storage and container disposal after use.
Watch for drying times especially if you have pets or children that may play on the area.
If you are using a professional operator ask to see the product label and / or get their advice on any concerns or issues, they should be happy to help.