THE rain can't hold out much longer, can it?
At least now
most days the rain only lasts half a day instead of all day,
so there's hope for us all.
What grows best in warm, wet weather ?
You've guessed it;
Weedkillers can be applied up to September, as when weeds
are actively growing they can easily absorb chemicals. What
better time to tackle the green enemy than this Bank Holiday
With the twelfth falling on Friday this year we've
got a nice extended weekend to look forwards to, so there's
Perhaps the most obvious places to start weeding are drives,
paths, and patios. You really can't avoid it, you see the
weeds every day even if you just get into your car.
Pathclear containing chemicals such as simazine, amitrole,
paraquat and diquat work well. Simazine stops emerging
seedlings germinating, amitrole works on the roots, while
the other two are contact action weedkillers, which will
work within 24 hours now, maybe 36 hours later on.
The next most obvious weeds really are the annual ones,
easily killed by Weedol, which stimulates the plant to
produce hydrogen peroxide. Weeds turn brown within 4 days,
collapsing within the week.
The good news is that it can be applied around trees without
damaging bark, it can be put around herbaceous plants to
control weeds without disturbing the soil, even killing
suckers without damaging the plant. Even better news is that
Weedol and any other preparation containing diquat and
paraquat clears an area before laying turf or sowing seed.
So if this gets done now maybe in a couple of weeks time
when we are basking in sunshine all the weeds will be gone.
Ah well we can live in hope! By the way France and Italy are
enjoying a heat wave at the moment.
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