In gardens, orchards or on any surface where we have grass, it is common for plants known as weeds to grow. Perhaps the name is not the most appropriate. Some of those known as weeds are actually plants that can become very valuable, for example, the case of red valerian or dandelion.
However, if you are one of those who tries to keep your lawn or garden well cared for, weeds can not only be unattractive in that space, but they will also compete for water, light and soil nutrients with the rest of the plants. garden plants and with the lawn itself. That is why in the following EcologiaVerde article, we will explain how to remove weeds from lawn in different ways.
If you want to keep your lawn spotless, controlling and keeping weeds at bay is essential. As we have already mentioned before, the problem with weeds is not only that they give the feeling of abandonment and neglect, but also that neglecting the growth of these plants can cause other drawbacks that directly affect the health of our lawn:
- They compete with the plants you are growing for same soil, light, water and nutrients. What can make your plants not grow in all its splendor because the weeds will kill those limited resources.
- Weeds greatly facilitate that pests can appear, for example, that of the cochineal or the aphid. These pests will not only affect weeds, but also cause damage to lawns and other plants in the garden.
How to pull weeds
As in so many other occasions in life, the best option is not always the simplest. In this case, surely the best thing is what has been done all your life, that is, roll up your sleeves and pull weeds out of the lawn one by one
What you should do is take the plant and carefully stretch it, preventing it from breaking. In this sense, this is a task that will be much easier to do if the soil is moist. That’s why the best thing you can do is water or wait for rain and pull them out immediately, if you let too much time pass, the plants will bloom again or leave their seeds in the ground.
If doing it with your hands seems too hard for you, one option may be to use the hoe, but be careful, when using the hoe, you must take into account not to hit or break the root, since then the plant will grow again. new.
Herbicides against weeds
If what we have explained in the previous section seems like too much work, you still have some options that do not require so much physical effort, for example, the use of herbicides to eliminate weeds:
- Selective herbicides: they eliminate some type of weed in particular.
- Total herbicides: eliminate any type of weed.
For example, Glyphosate, a herbicide with negative effects, is used to eliminate any type of weed. When the plant absorbs these herbicides, it is affected and eventually dies. That is why if you use a selective herbicide, it is advisable to be very careful when spraying it to prevent it from spreading to other plants or the lawn.
within the greener alternatives and more recommendable, we have homemade preparations based on vinegar. The acetic acid present in this liquid has been shown to be an effective contact herbicide. In the following EcologiaVerde article, we explain how vinegar, acetic acid and weeds work.
Brushcutter for weeds
If the lawn is very extensive, another great solution to eliminate weeds can be a brushcutter. Among the main advantages of this machine is that you can clean a very large area of land in a few minutes and very easily. On the other hand, all that weeds that you eliminate can be left crushed integrated in the same place.
However, you must be clear that this method does not remove the roots of the plants, but simply the superficial part of them. That’s why every once in a while you will have to repeat this process so that you can remove the plants as they grow.
From EcologiaVerde, we recommend the new STIHL battery brushcutter, practical, silent and cordless. Not only will you achieve a great machine for the lawn and garden care, but also on these dates you can join its solidarity campaign “The tree with the most gifts in the world” through which STIHL, together with the NGO Messengers of Peace, will make a donation of toys to children. Visit the page of the tree with the most gifts in the worldchoose the gift, the paper and the box before placing it on the tree, it only takes a few clicks!
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