Although the days are short and the weather generally overcast, Nathan James Dodd suggests various jobs that can be done in the garden during the month of January.
What is a systemic or hormone weedkiller & what are non-selective weedkillers? We answer your weedkiller FAQs.
Eradicating weeds from your garden seems like an endless task, but a necessary one that needs to be done in the most efficient way with least harm to the environment.
You can buy a wide range of weedkillers of all types to suit every situation from GardenSite.
However, we regularly provide advice on weedkillers instore on this subject. Here of are your most frequently asked questions:
Although effective throughout the year, weedkillers work best when the weeds are actively growing from spring onwards. Dry conditions are preferable without any threat of rain for a considerable time following application.
After applying systemic weedkiller to the plant's leaves it travels through the plant and into the roots. Although slower to take effect than contact weedkillers, a systemic weedkiller works by restricting the plant's ability to transport water and nutrients until the plant dies.
Contact weedkillers only kill the parts of the plant they come into contact with, ie the leaves and stem above ground. You may have to re-apply several times, as the weedkiller won't penetrate the plant's roots.
As they invade the whole plant, including importantly the root system, systemic weedkillers are best used to eliminate deep rooted perennials such as dandelions. Contact weedkillers are excellent to deal with annual weeds.
Selective weedkillers are formulated to kill only particular weeds, mostly broadleaf which are often shaped like rosettes and found in lawns.
These are also called 'broad spectrum' herbicides and kill practically every plant they come into contact with.
Selective weedkillers are most useful on lawns as they will kill broadleaf weeds but do not affect the grass. Use non-selective weedkillers on large areas that need to be cleared, drives and paths.
There are products such as vinegar and rock salt that provide an alternative, and many well known manufacturers are introducing organic products to augment their existing range.
For more information on organic weedkillers see our blog on 'Can Weedkillers Be Organic'.
If you have any more questions on weedkillers you would like to ask, please send us a question below.
This guide by Andy Taylor is all about battery powered lights, a very safe way to decorate your home with festive colour. With low running costs and bright LEDs, batteries may be the smart choice this Christmas.
There's a huge selection of Premier Christmas Lights, and it's no wonder why they are market leaders judging by the variety and innovation that's on offer. This is Andy Taylor's guide to their range of top quality lights and decorations.
In the past Christmas decorations were limited to streamers and fairy lights, but not any more as Robert Hall discovered when reviewing the huge range of novelty Christmas items that are brought to life by LEDs.
Christmas wreaths, swags and garlands might be thought a little old fashioned, but Robert Hall thinks that modern versions of these traditional decorations are a fabulous way to combine tradition with colourful contemporary themes.