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how does your garden grow weeds

How does your garden grow weeds

Whether your garden consists mainly of patio, lawn or flowerbed, it will contain some plants you didn’t intentionally grow! Weeds are often given a bad rep, and though it’s true that you’ll want to keep them manageable – it’s not nice to have your whole plot dominated by a single, straggly species – it’s also true that they can be very beneficial to garden wildlife.

On Day 1 of our 30 day Garden Challenge, we’re advising readers to give their garden a bit of a tidy up. Find out how to weed your garden in an effective and wildlife friendly way with our expert tips. Share your progress with using the hashtag #30daygardenchallenge.

Some weeds are more dominating, and therefore dangerous, than others. It’s best to dig up bindweed, for example, the minute you spot it. Flowering weeds like buttercups and dandelions can look very pretty in a garden and also provide a valuable source of pollen for insects. The best way to tackle these could be to let them flower before evicting them so they can’t set seed.

How can I discourage weeds naturally?

Day 1: Weed your garden

How does your garden grow weeds

Weeds grow and eat purely based on the soil and the sun, unfortunately, they don't need both, they only need one. While they will always grow towards the sun, they don't require it to survive, which is why we are able to see them in the first place.

Weeds live underground and that is where they keep root. Weeds will branch these long veins in the ground and take root based on their seasons. Many common ones up here such as medusaheads and cheat grass are designed to stay hidden and dormant during the winter in order to survive. The idea is that each weed in its part will always be trying to grow.

So how do you get rid of them?

So if you cut a weed in half and leave it in the ground, it will grow. If you cut of both ends of it and leave a stalk there, it will grow into a new fuller weed.

To answer this question, we have to address the fact that short of completely eviscerating the species forever, it's impossible. You can get rid of every root in your garden or lawn and if your neighbor doesn't keep care of theirs, it will grow into your yard.

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But in short, you will need to take out every aspect of the roots and seeds in order to get rid of the weeds. This is where the term seed bank comes in. The fact is that weeds have started to realize that we don't like them in our garden, so in order to survive they have begun leaving their sproutlings dormant all over the place. This means that there will always be the possibility of weeds anywhere.

How does your garden grow weeds

The number one mistake that many gardeners make when weeding the garden is that they don’t pull the weed out correctly. Many gardeners approach weeding with a grab and snatch technique that snaps the stems of the weeds and leaves the roots behind in the ground. Most common weeds can regrow rapidly from their roots. So when you get that feeling that the undesirable plants are growing as fast as you can weed them out, that is, in fact, what is happening.

First, young weeds with roots that haven’t yet developed well are much easier to pull out of the ground than weeds that are fully mature. Weekly weeding will help you get all those baby weeds out easily.

How to Weed the Garden Properly

Second, frequent weeding will help get rid of difficult weeds. No matter how hard you try, you won’t be able to get the entire roots of some weeds. For example, dandelions and Canada thistle plants have taproots that can go down several feet (1 m.). By constantly pulling the top few inches (8 cm.) of root, you remove their ability to get sunlight which will eventually deplete their stores of energy and they will essentially die from lack of sunlight.

How Often Should You Weed a Garden?

You should weed your garden about once a week. Timing is important when it comes to weed control in the garden for several reasons.