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How to Weed Your Garden Plants
Funny as it may seem, the subject of how to weed your
garden is an important one. Surprisingly, you can weed incorrectly. It is
all too easy to disturb, and even damage your plant's root system in the process. As I watched
my neighbor struggle, using a weeding tool and his hands to remove weeds
from the hard ground, I realized that thereís more to weeding, than just
attempting to yank them out.
Thereís a method that is easier and much more
effective. It all starts with making sure the soil is soft before you begin.
When working with hard, dry soil, it is almost impossible to remove weeds and
all of their roots. If the soil is hard, deeply water the garden
area just before dark on the day before you weed it. By morning, the soil will be softer and much more workable.
When weeding by hand, grab the weed near ground level
and pull it out. If the entire root system does not come up and out of the
soil, dig it out with a hand tool.
When using hand tools, scrape the soil just below ground
level. Remove cut weeds.
Scrape or dig the soil again. This time go deep
enough to uproot the weed's entire root system. Allow the top of the
soil to dry thoroughly, to kill any remaining roots.
When digging close to your plants, it is very
important to slow down. Be careful
disturbance of the plantís root system. The closer you get the
the slower you should work, to avoid
hitting the plant stem or roots.
For weeds very close to the garden plant, it may be better to use a
garden clipper of pair of scissors to remove the weed,. Snip the weed
off at the ground level.
After the top of the soil has dried for a while, give
your plants a good drink of water. Adding liquid fertilizer at this time,
will give your plants a big boost.
Tip: Throw those weeds into the composter.
Like other plants, they contain valuable nutrients. Once completely
decomposed, the rich compost can feed your plants.
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