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A single redroot pigweed is able to produce up to 30,000 seeds in a season. And those seeds can remain alive in the soil for 70 years waiting to sprout and overrun your perennial border at any time.

As with most types of prevention, discouraging weed seeds from sprouting requires some extra time now so you can save a lot of time later.

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Any weeds that grow through mulch are easy to pull because the soil remains loose. Photo by Saxon Holt

Left unattended, weeds will quickly fill in unplanted areas and any open ground around plants. Mulch spread over the soil surface blocks the sunlight most annual weeds need to take hold. Weeds that do sprout are easy to pull because soil beneath mulch remains loose and moist. Coarse chipped or shredded bark is a good choice for large areas between trees and shrubs because it decomposes slowly and doesn’t easily blow away. For paths, a thick layer of sawdust provides good weed suppression because it depletes nitrogen in the soil.

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Think it’s an overstatement to call it the war against weeds? Here’s what you’re up against.

In the process of trying to eliminate weeds, people often make mistakes that lead to more weeds. Here are the most common:

When do weeds stop growing

Bare patches of soil will quickly be colonised by both annual and perennial weeds, so a well-stocked border is less likely to support a thriving population of these pesky plants. If you have gaps in your borders, plug them by planting ground covering plants.

Most weeds are easy to eradicate if spotted early enough and can be controlled without the use of chemicals.

A weed is technically just a plant in the wrong place. It could be an unwanted seedling from another plant, or something more pernicious and invasive that you really want to eradicate. However, while you’ll never be able to completely stop weeds from popping up, there are ways to ensure they have less places to grow.

Annual weed seeds can survive for years in the soil, waiting for the perfect conditions to grow. They germinate at lower temperatures than most garden plants and can grow and set seed very quickly. It’s important to recognise them at the seedling stage, so you can eliminate them without accidentally removing your flower or vegetable seedlings.

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Then re-seed any bare or balding patches in spring or autumn to prevent annual weeds colonising patches of bare soil.

When it comes to overgrown areas in the kitchen garden, use a long-handled chop hoe, which makes it easier to clear a lot of weed growth as you work, and make sure that you clear away fallen weeds so they can’t re-root.

Common varieties include stinging nettles, creeping thistles, creeping buttercups, ground elder, bindweed, horsetail and couch grass.

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