Animal friendly ways to kill weeds in overgrown garden.
Hi. I recently bought a house where the previous owner was a keen gardener and had most of the back garden planted with vegetables and flowers. The house had been empty for over a year and the owner had sadly not been able to maintain the garden so it was quite overgrown.
Due to priorities focusing on the house itself I have been unable to work on the garden and a large amount of bindweed had taken root during the last year.
I want to get the garden back to being able to plant fruit, vegetables and flowers but need to understand how is best to remove all the weeds, grasses and bindweed that is in the earth.
Is covering this will membrane and allowing the weeds to die due to lack of sunlight an option or is there a better way?
I’m a novice when it comes to gardening but want to learn and also have a cat so this needs to be animal friendly solutions.
To add complexity I don’t have access to the garden without going through my house so any removal of soil would be a manual process.
Looking forward to all advice.