All gardeners have trouble with weeds and it is something that some have a constant battle with. It is likely that different gardens will have different types of weeds. This will depend on what grows in the area, perhaps what weeds are coming through from neighbours and the type of soil. There are different ways to deal with them and some methods could be better than others so it is a good idea to find out a bit more.
Different Weeds Behave Differently
It is good to have an understanding that annual weeds will react differently to perennial ones. Annuals can be controlled with regular hoeing, but perennials will grow back stronger after being attacked with a hoe, so it important to know what you are dealing with. Annuals produce lots of seeds which could mean that you will suddenly get a huge growth of weeds when they germinate. Therefore, it is wise to make sure that you get rid of them before they flower so that they never have the chance to go to seed. Perennials benefit from being hand weeded to make sure that you remove as much of the root as possible. Some weeds can regrow from the smallest bit of root and so if you chop them, they will just come back and you could end up with more weeds than you first started with. Therefore, you need to make sure that you do your research. Identify what the plants are that you are trying to get rid of and find out what the recommended method is to get rid of them.
Prevent Weeds Growing
It can be good to try to prevent weeds from growing in the first place. This will make things much easier for you. It can be a good idea to consider using a weed barrier under gravel paths and mulch on the surface of the soil to make it much harder for weeds to grow and to make it easier to pull them up. It can be a bit of financial investment and take some time to do, but it will be worth it if you do not have to weed so often.
It can be a good idea to make sure that you can control weeds. Making sure that you get rid of them before they get out of hand. Once they start growing they could be spreading seeds before you know it. Therefore, check weekly and remove the weeds so that they do not have a chance to spread. If you are planning on using a hoe then do it on a dry day as the cut parts will dehydrate on the surface of the soil and die.
Some people like to use chemicals but you need to be very careful. Consider whether there might be children or pets that could come into difficulties if they go near the chemicals. Also consider whether there is a risk that the chemicals might harm other plants in the garden. It is also a good idea to think of the general environmental impact of using these chemicals. Always make sure that you wear appropriate protective gear before using any sort of chemical. It is also wise to check whether they will be effective on what you are trying to kill. If you have weeds in your lawn or among other plants, then you will need to use a different type of product compared with destroying all weeds growing on a path, for example. Also make sure that it is not forecast for rain as this could wash off the chemical before it has a chance to take effect.
Obviously, hoeing and hand weeding are organic, but they might be too difficult for you. A weed burner could be an alternative idea that you could try out. This will be easier and it could be more effective if you do it right. These come in the option of being gas or electric and you will need to buy one that will work for you. A large garden may not have access to electricity but a smaller one could do. Gas ones are more effective but you will have to buy the canisters of gas which could be less convenient than using an electric one.
At the end of the day it is worth remembering that weeds are simply plants in the wrong place. If you are battling a specific type of weed and struggling to get rid of it, then perhaps consider making it a part of your garden and then it will no longer be a weed.