Although the days are short and the weather generally overcast, Andy Taylor 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.
If you have any more questions on weedkillers you would like to ask, please send us a question below.
Nathan James Dodd
April, particularly if you are on holiday over Easter, is the time when gardeners, whatever their level of enthusiasm and skill, want to get into the garden. Andy Taylor looks at the gardening jobs that can be achieved this month.
With rising water temperature and kinder weather, April is a good month for pond maintenance and Dan Everton takes a look at the jobs that need to be done this month.
Pay attention to your lawn in the spring and Andy Taylor reckons you will receive dividends later in the year.
Looking to buy a timber planter but not sure what to purchase? David Coton provides some helpful advice on the many different designs that are available and how they can transform your patio and garden.