If clients don't mind, we leave weeds onsite to let them to rot down as compost, smother existing weeds, and to save labour and costs in removing them. Anything we can do to improve the soil’s structure and microbe population is a win.
Here’s how you can reuse organic matter (anything that once grew) and save yourself effort and money.
Learn to identify the pest, or invasive plants, (ideally when they are small) versus the less nasty weeds that will curl up and die without a fight.
It’s fine to leave the less nasty weeds on top of garden beds or around plants to rot down to improve the soil, which helps hold water and nutrients on your land.
A different approach is needed for the baddies, those that reproduce like crazy using a variety of cunning tricks. For these, you can:
To identify pest plants see Weedbusters.
Pests in Wellington region and more general info see, Greater Wellington Regional Council Pest Plants.
On my walk up my street this afternoon, every other verge had agapanthus, Agapanthus praecox, growing healthily. Definitely the predominant species round these parts.
Why it's a pest plant
It seeds prolifically, spreads seeds effectively which germinate densely. Fragments of the roots easily regrow. Plants live a long time and can handle a wide range of conditions and soil types.
Wherever it grows, it forms solid clumps. I've seen layers and layers grow on top of each other. It bullies all other plants out and takes over.
For information on getting rid of agapanthus see Weedbusters,
A small garden clean up entails weeding, pruning and trimming. Also, prioritising plants that need more space and light and pruning accordingly.
We can also attend to plant pests and start improving the soil.
Below is an example of one job.
Second visit to continue work January 2020.
First visit to start work July 2019.
Photos from the initial visit 24 June 2019 below.
Our approach to a small garden with a lot of invasive weeds.
Before we started work Oct 2019
Small garden beds back on to a wild area. We want it to look tidy for as long as possible but some of these weeds are pretty aggressive.
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During and after our work