How to get rid of weeds without using harsh chemicals

Must See 11/09/2019

It's officially spring! And hopefully, thanks to the warmer weather, your plants will be beginning to thrive.

But good plant growing condtions also mean it's good condition for unwanted plants you don't want - like weeds!

Harsh chemical weed killers are best avoided - they can be harmful for pets and also have the potential to kill other plants.

The founder of plant group Path Plants has shared his hack on how to keep your garden looking neat and tidy this spring, while avoiding any harsh chemicals.

He explains to Metro UK: "Even the greatest grower in the world will have to do battle with weeds. No matter how careful you are they will always try to sneak into beds, pots, even little gaps between paving slabs. Weeds are annoying, but they’re not that hard to keep under control, if you take the right steps."

"The best way to keep weeds away is to not give them a chance to grow in the first place. Before you even put your new plant in its planter, make sure the planter is really clean. If you’re reusing planters, there’s a risk they could have some weed seeds lurking in them."

"Use hot soapy water to give your planter a thorough clean before putting any new plants in it (make sure to rinse it fully). For a really deep clean you could use a diluted bleach solution, but if you plan to do that make sure to test it on a small, inconspicuous spot first, to make sure it won’t stain your planter."

Once you have planted your flowers and shrubs, you can stop weeds by covering the exposed soil in the pot using mulch, made up of bits of wood and other garden waste.

He further explains: "Mulch will keep the soil cool and prevent light getting to it, making it much harder for any invading weeds to germinate. Replace the mulch every year."

"Alternatively, you could achieve the same result by covering the soil with pebbles or shells, if you fancy something more decorative. You just want something that will block the light but let the plant breathe."

But if it’s too late for prevention you’re already in a jungle of weeds, there are still things you can do.

He adds: "When you see one poking its unwanted head out, stop it in its tracks. Just take a quick glance over your planters every week or so and pull up any little young weeds. You want to get rid of them before they get big and drop seed, because then you’ll be dealing with a whole family of invaders."