Jobs for the garden this week: Treat weeds

imageWatch the compost heap and treat perennial weeds in the garden this week.

Watch the heap

Take care not to compost the old flower stems of any plants that are nuisance seeders — not just weeds. Steer clear of fennel, verbascums, feverfew and alchemilla.

Sort out biennials

Leafy first-year plants may have appeared in inappropriate places. Weed out or pot up for later redeployment.

Last chance

Have a go at the slugs and snails that are all over the place in the moist, mild weather. Treat perennial weeds such as ground elder before they go underground for the winter.

Stash compost

To make space in bins and heaps, bag up any well-rotted compost or leaf mould to use later, rather than burying it under the autumn influx of leaves and greenery.

Split perennials

While the soil is warm and plants have vestiges of leaf and flower, you might as well get on with this, especially if you have a lot to do.

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