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.
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.
Nathan James Dodd
With gardens becoming smaller, neighbours closer and roads busier, we all suffer from different types of noise pollution. But, as Andy Taylor reports, Forest have now come up with a new kind of fencing that minimizes this nuisance.
Although gardening activity in February may not be so frenetic as during the summer months, there's still plenty to be done and Spring is just around the corner. Nathan James Dodd suggests the jobs you should be tackling in the garden this month.
Dan Everton helps you look after your pond during the February with some tips on the precautions you can take to avoid the water freezing over, and advice on keeping fish at this time of the year.
Heating will be a deciding factor on the variety of plants you are able to grow in a greenhouse and the number of plants that can be kept over winter. Here, Robert Hall goes through the pros and cons of the different types of heating that are available.