Understand the different types of weeds
Invasive and damaging, weeds are one of the most troublesome problems that all gardeners face ; they have adapted for survival and will grow almost anywhere.
Invasive and damaging, weeds are one of the most troublesome problems that all gardeners face ; they have adapted for survival and will grow almost anywhere. Even the best cares for gardens are not immune to weeds and if left untreated, they'll spread far and wide.
Weeds can be categorized into two main groups :
Grow from seed and mature in one season. They then die away leaving a plentiful supply of seeds that germinate in the following season. Fast growing, they can produce large quantities of seeds that remain viable in the soil for several years. Some annuals such as Chickweed can complete several life cycles each year (known as ephemeral). The aim is to control them before they flower.
Can live for many years, flowering and producing large quantities of seed each season. They survive the winter by storing food in their deep tap roots, creeping roots or underground stems (rhizomes) and are therefore more difficult to control than annual weeds. Perennial weeds produce new foliage in the spring and generally die down in the winter. Control relies on killing or removing every last bit root or stem.
Best practice to use Bayer Garden weed killers
- Be sure to select the appropriate product formulation and pack size for the type and extent of weeds you wish to control and the location in which they are growing, and only buy enough for one season's use.
- Use weed killers in still weather conditions to avoid spray drifting onto desirable plants.
- Weed killers are most effective when the weed is actively growing, usually between March and September.
- During dry spells, water the area a day or two prior to applying weed killer. However, it is advisable not to use weed killers at all during drought conditions when weeds are not actively growing.
- Keep children and pets away from treated areas until the product has dried. All Bayer Garden weed killers are registered for domestic use through the UK Regulatory Authority and in order to achieve registration, they must be suitable for use in and around areas which children and pets may use.
- For grazing pets e.g. guinea pigs, rabbits or tortoises, it is advisable to keep pets off the grass until the weeds have died and disappeared. The effects of some weed killers can disrupt the distribution of sugars, making once unpalatable weeds palatable and vice versa.
- Above all, always dispose of carefully - never pour left over product down the drain. read the label beforehand and use only according to Bayer garden instructions.