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It’s a never ending job. Using a hoe and disturbing weeds and leaving them in the ground as some do, any better than raking out completely. That way I know they are gone. Is there any sure way to know if just raking and leaving them is any better than total removing them.



  • B3B3 Posts: 25,260
    If you leave them on damp soil, they could well root again. Tenacious blighters, some of them. Best to remove them.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • I do want the weeds out so remove as many as possible without cutting them up to allow more growth.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,977
    On a dry sunny day I hoe and leave weedlings to shrivel … but it only works if you how often enough that the weedlings are small. 

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

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,190
    Yes - leaving them on wet soil is always risky. If it isn't dry enough to leave them as @Dovefromabove describes, then you need to remove, and dispose, of them.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Hello Fairygirl  Thanks for advice. I thought of frequent hoeing. Maybe, just maybe weeds if you keep at it for long enough weeds just die. 
  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601
    Weeds are a fact of life. You can reduce them, but new seedlings will always arrive. It's better to try to see the calm and peacefulness of a little weeding session, than to beat yourself up thinking of ways to defeat them forever.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,190
    The other method is to use lots of groundcover. That helps keep the little blighters away and reduces the weeding time.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • IgrowfromseedIgrowfromseed Posts: 266
    edited August 2021
    Don’t look at it as weeding more like giving those prize self setters a fighting chance to show their worth. Then your just removing the competition. 
  • ElferElfer Posts: 329
  • NewBoy2NewBoy2 Posts: 1,813
    I have just found the Joy of hand weeding afterturning a blind eye to the little tinkers.

    Folded towel on the soil to protect my "hockey knees " and after what I think is 10 minutes its really 45 minutes.

    Everyone is just trying to be Happy.....So lets help Them.
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