If you’re new to gardening – and there must be many of you out there at the moment trying to work out if you have green fingers or not while stuck at home during lockdown – you’re sure to find it something of a steep learning curve, particularly when it comes to working out whether or not something is a weed or a flower.
A certain level of gardening knowledge is required in this regard and you certainly don’t want to start pulling up your other half’s prize dahlias, thinking that you’re doing your garden some good.
Weeds are simply wild plants that are growing in the wrong place – and it’s important to note that they do yield all sorts of benefits to local wildlife populations, so you may not want to yank them all out of the ground.
Dandelions are very common weeds, usually found in lawns and gardens, either in sunshine or in shade. You can pull them out by hand or use a herbicide on them, while putting mulch down can prevent them from popping up in the first place.
Another really common weed to keep an eye out for is Canada thistle, which thrives in garden areas, landscaped paving and sunny spots on lawns. You’re sure to have seen it creeping up through your paving slabs! Again, dig it out by hand, use herbicide on your lawns in spring or autumn and mulch to prevent it from growing in the first place.
And you’re sure to have dock leaves knocking about somewhere, another really common garden weed. These can be found in both sunny or shady spots in your garden and landscaped areas – but you may want to leave a couple in case someone gets stung by a nettle or two!
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