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Just purchased a small piece of land by my house. Been digging the over grown grass and weeds out but as quick as I'm clearing an area the weeds are shooting up again.  What is the best way to get rid of them and not damage the soil?


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,162

    hi gardenqueen, If they're annuals i'd hoe or burn, if perennials i'd let them grow on well and then treat them to some glyphosate

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Thanks will try out your advice.


  • hi there gardenqueen i would use a glyphosate based weedkiller like round up pro biotive as it biodegrades in the soil and they say is safe for planting just 6 weeks after treatment.. maybe try sprsying the area and leaving for a week or two then digging the area again so any seeds laying deepcom to the surface and germinate then they can also be treated job done will be alot eaiser to keep on top of them that way hope that helped a bit.. know quite a bit about thsi sort of thingvits my job lol image

  • patty3patty3 Posts: 129

    Hi G Q

    I do not recomend poisons! as they are not nature friendly!       image

    All gardeners must be nature friendly!!

    To get a usable area for this season' yes dig and clear,but if not in a hurry,

    then cover with a dark membrane sheet, all below will die through lack of light

    and you are left with a nice clean area to dig and plant!


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,966

    Perennial weed roots will not die through lack of light.  

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

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,162

    And those membranes aren't nature friendly if you're a worm or other soil dweller.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Digging is the best form of exercise so they say!

    I've mainly used digging, but have also used glyphosate selectively, in that I don't spray or water it in, I paint the leaves. 

    I'll be using a membrane under slate to replace some paving, but wouldn't use to kill off weeds

    Just watching A-Z of gardens about earthworms - the gardeners friend image.

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