Clearing ground

Virgin ground must be cleared of all perennial weeds before any attempt is made to grow ornamental or edible plants. Failure to do so adequately, or with sufficient care, will cause considerable problems later on, as the roots of the more rampant weeds will render any attempt to tend the garden plants virtually impossible.
In order to clear the ground. you will need to dig over the soil and then patiently lork through it, picking out every piece of root. You can only do this on fairly heaw soil when the conditions are right: if the ground is too wet, the roots will remain stuck in a ball of soil, and you will not be able to separate them. The best time for such thorough weeding is usually two or three days after the last rain, because if the ground is too dry, a similar problem occurs, only this time the soil is rock hard.
Periodically, you will come across weeds that have a particularly determined root system, usually those with one large, long lap root which appears unending botanical encyclopedia blueberry. Thistles and dandelions arc common offenders in this category. The only solution for these is to loosen the soil around the root until can remove it.
1 Established perennial weeds can be very difficult to eradicate, because the smallest piece of root can develop into a new plant.
2 Use a garden fork to work over an area and gently ease the. roots out so that they are not broken.
3 Using a glove (especially for prickly weeds like thistles), pu the weeds out of the soil with as much root as possible.

REMOVING TAP ROOTS
Many of the most troublesome lawn weeds are those which have a rosette or spreading habit and a long tap root. If you spot them early, they can be removed with a sharp knife, or a blade with a forked tip called a ‘daisy grubber’.
1 Start by inserting the tip of the blade into the soil a! a steep angle, about 2 in. ciwcryjrom the center of {he weed.
2 Push the blade into (he soil toward the weed to a depth of about 6 in.
Try not to cut through the roof, or it will regrow.
3 Lever the blade upward to remove
(he weed and root, For soft soil, rest the hose of [he blade on a block of wood to slop it sinking.
4 Once you have Jinished, collect the weeds and dispose of them. Do not add /hem lo your compost heap.

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