It’s an age old problem that every gardener faces each year… Weeds! These pesky, unwanted plants spread like wildfire and take up soil nutrients and space that is reserved for your plants of choice. Weeding by hand, is the age old solution we have all turned to when we’ve spotted those dreaded dandelions or buttercups. But can be doing more harm than good, as digging around the soil with your hands or a fork causes soil movement which may allow dormant weed seeds to be lifted near the surface and begin to germinate. Also weeding by hand can cause bad backs and sore knees which isn’t ideal!
So what other treatment methods can you use to help eradicate these pests?
Weed killer is a popular option and one of the main benefits of using weed killers compared to weeding by hand is no soil disturbance or cut roots meaning little chance of seed germination or root development.
On the other hand, continual purchasing of weed killing solution can become expensive, the chemicals contained within the products are not environmentally friendly and there is a strong chance of the solution drifting over to nearby plants.
Luckily this can be solved with the use of a Hozelock Wonderweeder. Its precision cone allows for targeted application and its 1 metre height means no bending down and no more sore backs or knees!
One alternative that has been proven to be much safer and overall cheaper than chemicals is electric weeding. The Green Power Thermal Weeder is a new, safe alternative that delivers a 600°c thermal shock directly to the weed.
It only requires a 3 seconds application on each weed, leaves no harsh chemicals behind, poses no risk or harm to surrounding plants and does not require costly replacements. It is environmentally friendly and heats up in 45 seconds.
It is also tall enough that users will not have to bend down, saving strain on backs and knees.
If you are looking to weed larger areas and precision is less of a requirement then a Hozelock Sprayer can be filled with your weed killer of choice (ensuring the correct dosage) and quickly applied to an area. Hozelock Sprayers are available in a variety of sizes to treat even the largest areas without the need to constantly refill.