Weeding – Manual Weeding
In most gardens with small to medium borders containing a mixture of flowers and shrubs, this method of weeding is used. With either a trowel, hoe or pickaxe being the most suited tool depending on what type of soil you have. In some cases a petrol driven rotivator can be used, this would mainly be used on larger borders with adequate spacing between plants, or large areas of grass where creating new borders is required . The main advantage of manual weeding is that it is an organic method of weeding giving an instant “finished look”. The disadvantages of this type of weeding are the large amounts of green waste that is created, which may need to be disposed of. Also any small sections of root that remain in the soil from perennial weeds will result in fast unwanted regrowth.
This method of weeding is suitable for areas of any size. It is most suitable for controlling weeds and grasses in block paving or kerbs, or for controlling perennial or invasive weeds, and weeds growing in aquatic environments i.e. ponds and ditches. A vast array of different herbicides are available to the qualified and trained professional, where the active ingredients are often four or five times stronger than what is available to the domestic user at hardware and DIY stores. A good local knowledge of weeds that are a particular problem and the best professional herbicides to treat them, allows us to guarantee that our treatments will control the weeds first time, therefore in the unlikely event that a respray is needed it will be carried out free of charge. We are also certified and trained for the safe use of herbicides , insecticides, and fungicides and genuinely care about the environment. Therefore we try our best to use chemicals only when needed.
Weeding using a flame gun
Flame guns are particularly useful when areas need to be cleared quickly and organically. They are also effective on hard standing or on paving and kerbs. They burn with a clean flame so there is no danger of scorch marks, or damage to the surface. However if perennial weeds are the main issue better control is often found with the use of chemicals.
In our experience the best way to control weeds is a combined use of manual and chemical weeding.