Alan Titchmarsh: Gardening expert describes common garden centre weed

Alan Titchmarsh: Gardening expert describes common garden centre weed

Gardening expert Alan Titchmarsh has shared his advice for tackling annual and perennial weeds. Alan said you can remove weeds all year round but certain weeds require more work than others. The expert said there are two main different kinds of weeds in the garden in a video for BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine.

He said groundsel and hairy bitter crest can be left on the surface of the soul and will eventually “die away”.

He added: “But if you don’t pull them out and you leave them to carry on, their way of perennating themselves is by seed.

“They will sprinkle seed everywhere.

“There’s a famous old saying, ‘One year seen, seven years weed’. They really will carry on.”

He suggested pulling them out and putting them on the compost heap.

“It’s important with all these thick-rooted weeds that they come out completely.

“You don’t compose them because then you put the compost back on the garden, and if it hasn’t heated up enough you’re just reintroducing weeds.

“So the annuals, get rid of them before they seed.

“The perennials, get those roots right out the ground, and then all the plants you want to grow will have a much easier time of it.”

Alan Titchmarsh: Spring into Summer airs at 8pm on ITV.

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