Protect your lawn from weeds
There are few more frustrating sights than a stray dandelion patch sprouting out of your perfectly manicured lawn. Not only do weeds look bad, they also starve your other plants of water and even daylight if they are left unattended to for long enough. Whatever topsoil supplier you use, you want to make sure your wanted plants are the only ones that receive its nutrients. Make sure your grass turf looks the best it can, and read our quick guide to effective weed control.
Types of weeds you’ll see in your topsoil
Before we begin, here is a quick refresher on the types of weed that take root in your topsoil. Annual weeds die after a year and spread via seeds. This might not sound too bad, but they tend to be hardy and spread easily and over large distances. Biennial weeds like hemlock and hogweed tend to flower in the second year, meaning they are easy to miss initially. Perennial weeds like dandelion, nettles, and bindweed can last for years and take deep root if they are not removed.
How to rid your topsoil of weeds
A rule of thumb is that the more established the weed, the harder it is to remove. This means the best attack is a good defence. Help prevent them sprouting up at the edges of your lawn by gravelling around and planting ornamental plants.
Once you spot a weed that has taken root, try hoeing to remove it. A Dutch hoe is a handy tool and makes fairly light work of taking up a weed with the root intact. Hand weeding also works well, especially in dry conditions. Just remove the temptation to throw the weeds into your compost heap!
Weed killer is another powerful tool, but remember to use it carefully at all times. You don’t want to damage your topsoil or any of your other plants. A dribble board is a great low-cost way to apply weed killer and make sure to always wear gloves. Weedkiller is the best strategy for weeds in hard-to-access places, like patios, decking, or concreted areas.
While weeding isn’t the most fun pastime, be aware of them as you potter around your garden. Weeding is an ongoing process, not a one-off event, so removing them as you see them is probably the best strategy.