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The dreaded Weed

Hi all, 

  Very new to gardening so please bear with me!! lol.  I have recently moved into a new build home and deliberately left the back garden untouched so it remained a blank canvas.  Unfortunately at the moment i have a 60 sq. metre garden of uneven soil (back fill!!!) that is littered with bits of grass and weeds.  What do i do to get rid of them?   Do i use some weed killer or do i have to take each weed out from the root?  If it is the latter then something like this will take months, surely?

Any help at all is massively appreciated



  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391

    A lot depends on which weeds you have.  Any chance of taking some photos and uploading them here using the camera icon at the top right of the reply box?  If they won't upload, try reducing the size.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Absolutely, i will get some pictures together and post them.


  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601

    Although weedkillers may well do the job, I am strongly in favour of digging them out instead. If you mark out a modest area and spend an hour on it, then start another area next time, you will soon get the job done. You will be active in the fresh air and you will know your garden better AND you won't have used noxious chemicals.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,151

    Totally agree Posy ... if the poster is reasonable bendable and can kneel a few hours each day ... or over a couple of weekends, should do the job.  Quiet, contemplative work ... just as good as meditation.

    If you're not sure how to go about it watch this 


    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Thanks for that.  Because i have quite a big area to weed would I be able to turn the soil over with a garden fork and then hand pull all the weeds out. I will get some pictures on here ASAP

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,151

    Show us some photos and then we'll be able to suggest your best option image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

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