Because weeds are plants that readily adapt to poor soils and grow prolifically they can soak up nutrients and compete with what's already growing in your garden. So the first step to keeping them at bay, is being vigilant.
Remove weeds when they're young and be sure to pull the entire plant – roots and all. This task is much easier when the plant is small, and the soil is moist and soft. Don't wait til they set seed.
For the ultimate in organic removal, do your weeding by hand, and use some good old fashioned elbow grease. A digging trowel or fork can help with this. Be sure to remove the weed in its entirety.
Alternatively, if you need to look after your back and your knees, use a tool. Try the Fiskars Xact™ weed puller. It's simple to use and easy on your back. An ergonomic handle makes the job even more comfortable.
With its deep reaching claws, a tool like this enables better and more exact removal of weeds. The other advantage, once bought and with regular maintenance, it can be used for many years.
Another handy tool for your arsenal is the Fiskars Nyglass Weeding Fork. It's lightweight, tough and perfect for digging out pesky weeds.
The Fiskars aluminium forked trowel is another addition to your kit. A forked tip cuts deep to get weeds, while rounded edges minimises soil and root damage.
The best method of weed control is prevention. Mulching garden beds and a resulting lack of light, will help prevent weeds germinating and growing. Use bark chips, pea straw or lucerne, which will break down over time and improve the soil.
Make the most of ground covers and small shrubs too. The closer these are planted together; the less chance weeds have to sprout and compete. It's win win!
Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.
When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.