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Eliminate weeds

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Weeds in the garden

We often use chemicals to eliminate weeds, but if we care about the environment in which we live, we should avoid using these compounds that highly pollute the environment and that cause harm to small living beings that survive in their natural habitat. .

Furthermore, the use of chemical substances risks ending up in the subsoil and penetrating into the aquifers. Some weeds they propagate by seeds so when we uproot them during the flowering that often takes place in summer, we do nothing but propagate other seeds in the ground that will thrive for many years. More weeds they spread by root cutting, that is, when we uproot them, just leave a piece of root underground and the weeds will return to grow more luxuriant than ever.

However, these useless herbs annoy both the crops and the garden paths because they insinuate themselves between the joints of the slabs, giving an extremely unpleasant aspect to the green area. There are, however, weeds that are not harmful as the Dandelion and the Cardo campestre that have strong roots capable of airing the soil giving to the nearby crops, all the nutrients that from the deeper stages reach the vegetables and feed them.

The most suitable solution, even if exhausting, is that of periodically weed out the weeds manually and use them for composting, that is, combining them with a compost bin together with other organic elements, to transform it into humus that will fertilize the garden.


How to get rid of weeds

We have said that the weeds that infest our garden must be eliminated in one way or another. It is usually used to do this, del herbicide that can be selective or total. The former does not affect any type of crop but acts only on grasses and shrubs. The second herbicide, on the other hand, is capable of even burning the plant including the roots.

However, these herbicides are chemical products which, as we have seen, can reach the aquifers and should therefore be avoided. Manually removing the weeds is very tiring and does not solve the problem definitively, but if you do not want to further ruin the environment, you should do it. You can try to eliminate weeds after a heavy rain so that the soil is much softer and therefore it is easier to do this. Use a pickaxe and try to remove the roots too.

Put on a pair of gloves for manual weeding and grab the plant at the base avoiding tearing but pulling it gently, first move it to the right and then to the left so that the root comes away entirely.

If you have a vaporella, direct the jet of steam onto the plant and the root system of the latter will soften and the weeding operation will be easier. If you don't own any steam emitting machine, use a pot of boiling water that thrown on the weeds, it should have the same functionality. In the specialized shops for gardening, a tool is on sale ripping grass. This is made up of a telescopic rod which at the end has a spoon-shaped contraption that slips into the soil and then rotates uprooting the plant with all the root.

The market, however, offers different types of straps, even very powerful ones that are capable of eradicating even weeds with robust and woody roots. It is advisable, after removing the weeds, to never dig up the ground because there are dormant seeds, which could awaken.

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