How To Get Rid Of Pokeweed? All You Need To Know!
Perhaps you are an avid gardener who does their very best to grow and maintain the garden to the best of their abilities. Whether through rain or shine, summer or winter, you are always outside tending to your lovely plants, vegetables, and flowers for the sake of keeping them beautiful and healthy.
That said, perhaps you have noticed recently that there have been some red stemmed, purple berries growing out just right next to your plants and flowers. While they might look nice, little do you know that they are pokeweed.
An invasive plant, this type of weed can be extremely vicious, as well as really difficult to eliminate if not treated soon enough, let alone properly. If so, then it can cause a lot of damage to the property, thereby wiping out your plants and all of your hard work to begin with.
Hence, how can you get rid of pokeweed? No need to fear- we are here to help! Read on to learn more in this article on how to do so, in our step-by-step tutorial.
We will give you tips and tricks on how to combat these pesky creatures and soon enough, you will have an immaculate, weed-free garden in no time. Without further ado, let’s get started!
Things You Will Need For This Tutorial
When it comes to treating or otherwise getting rid of any type of weed or invasive plant out there, careful measures must be taken in order to make sure that they not only are eliminated from your garden, but also that there are not any leftover seeds or roots which can take root in the soil, thereby growing back with vengeance.
Granted, it can be a difficult balance act, but we assure you that, by being especially alert and vigilant, you should be able to successfully get rid of all the pokeweed in your garden. Here are some items you will need for this step-by-step tutorial:
#1. Spade Or Shovel
For case-by-case pokeweed, i.e. it has not yet spread too much, a simple spade or shovel should do the trick in terms of uprooting the invasive plant from its position, before discarding it.
Make sure that the spade or shovel is sharp, as well as strong, enough to make deep, wide holes to cover every part of the area around the pokeweed that can be affected.
#2. Soil Screen
Considered as a sort of filter, soil screen are those which can hold onto soil, while also letting other aspects such as nutrients and water to flow through smoothly.
This item is to be used as a liner when placing the uprooted pokeweed on it, so that it does not contaminate any other areas of the garden.
#3. Wheelbarrow Or Garden Cart
Especially if your garden has a considerable amount of pokeweed, then it is useful to have either a wheelbarrow or garden cart to hold them in, so that you can wheel them off to the waste bin without risking any seeds or roots from dropping off, which can otherwise lead to contamination once more.
Once you have finished uprooting all the pokeweed possible from the garden, the rake will be handy for tilling and otherwise loosening up the soil, so that the garden can get back to growing once again.
This is also to ensure that no other seeds or roots have been left behind, so that you can detect them easier when raking the soil.
#5. Waste Bin
An obvious object, this is used to dispose of the pokeweed. However, be careful to put the pokeweed in a trash bag or some other container, so that it does not contaminate the composting center, should you be recycling green.
Finally, if it really comes down to it, you might need to use herbicide or a weed killer in order to treat the extreme cases of pokeweed infiltration.
You can either DIY it, or purchase it at your local home and garden store, to make sure that you can destroy those pesky plants once and for all.
How To Get Rid Of Pokeweeds
Now that you have all your necessary tools and ingredients, it is time to eliminate those pokeweeds! Here is what you need to do:
Altogether, getting rid of pokeweed can be a hassle, especially if it has already invaded a good part of your garden. However, by remaining calm and taking quick, effective measures to eliminate it, you can assure yourself of a clean, healthy garden once more.
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