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getting rid of weeds from the garden

I am sure I heard that one way of getting rid of weeds is to put them into a barrel with water and leave them for a few weeks before adding them to the compost.  I have lots of couch grass and my wheelie bin is full most of the time so I wondered if anyone else has tried this technique.  Did it work and how long should I leave them submerged before safe to add them to the compost heap?

Thank you.


  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 21,670

    I would be very wary of composting couch grass, whatever you do to it. It's as tough as old boots and a pain in the neck. I've sprayed it with glyphosate in one bed several times and it always comes back.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,768

    The only way to get rid of couch grass other than to put it in the bin and get the council to take it away, is to dry it out and burn it - I know - I've tried them all image

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

  • burn them. or you will always regret it

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