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Garden: weeding or letting it grow? You need to know that

Daisies, dandelions and clover are pretty to look at, but can ruin the look of a well-tended lawn together with other weeds. When is the best time to kill weeds? Which weeds can garden owners actually leave behind? And which ones can be used in the kitchen? Marianne Scheu-Helgert informs about this. She is an expert at the Bavarian Garden Academy.

"Weeds are anything that easily grows over your head," says the expert. There are some harmless weeds that can stay in the bed - others have to be removed. One of them is the Chickweed (Stellaria Media). Again Persian and the Ivy-leaved speedwell it sheds a lot of seeds, which is why gardeners shouldn't leave these three standing.

When to remove weeds

According to the expert, chickweed and speedwell plants occur in beds that are exposed to a lot of light. They need all the light to germinate. Scheu-Helgert explains: "Those that are close to the surface germinate." Mulching, i.e. covering the earth with rotting material such as lawn clippings, is therefore useful. To prevent the weeds from germinating, it could also help to plant the bed very densely. Garden lovers can also leave leaves from the surrounding trees for this purpose.

The expert says that garden owners can leave seed weeds such as chickweed as humus chippings. To do this, you have to pick them out before they bloom. Weeds that have set seeds are not allowed to be composted. Normal compost heaps do not reach the temperatures necessary to destroy the seeds. Weeds that have set on seeds are therefore best placed in the organic waste bin. In the composting plant, they are killed by the high temperatures reached there. Scheu-Helgert advises: "On the other hand, root weeds can be weed out, spread out on a paved path and dried in the sun for 14 days. Then they can also be put on the compost."

Weeding: Garden owners should consistently remove root weeds

These root weeds like that Giersch are among the stubborn weeds. "They are widely intertwined and spread via foothills," says Scheu-Helgert. They are also hardy. If the soil is loose, hobby gardeners don't even have the chance to destroy them through consistent weeding. Garden lovers can also try a foil to combat this. To do this, the entire floor area in the garden is superficially cleared and then covered with a weed film. If you do that now, you have to leave the film until summer 2020, otherwise the action will be unsuccessful, says the expert.

According to the gardener, the technology works as follows: The film prevents the plant from sprouting leaves and photosynthesis. So she starves the plant. But this process takes a long time. "Using the film for only two weeks is useless," warns Scheu-Helgert. Otherwise, the following applies: Root herbs must be consistently weeded out.

These weeds can remain in the garden without hesitation

Which weeds can I leave behind? The Adonis, which can occasionally be found in fields, garden owners can let them linger in the garden. "It blooms beautifully blood-red or yellow," says Marianne Scheu-Helgert. Out of the dozen seeds, only five or six germinate. The White goosefoot you can even eat it, but only the young plants are tasty. daisy and Or poor can also stay without any problems. "I also have real ones in my garden in Franconia chamomile settled ", she says. She uses her flowers for tea. And one Dog rosethat blooms only once, have not removed it. You just have to be careful with her, warns Scheu-Helgert. A rose hip that is left behind when the dog rose dies gives rise to numerous seedlings, which can be a nuisance.

Gardening: These plants are not weeds and are suitable for bees

Even those who want to make their garden insect-friendly can remove the weeds. There are many other plants that are more attractive to insects, says the gardening expert. These include the spring blooming onion flowers like Tulips and Daffodils. Also the Cornelian cherry offer good insect food, but is very expensive to buy because it grows slowly. "It does not cause a lot of cutting stress," says Scheu-Helgert. So are everyone Types of fruit such as strawberries, raspberries, plums, pears, cherries, apples, quince and medlar found food for bees and other insects. At Roses Hobby gardeners should make sure that the flowers are only half-filled and that they can see the stamens well so that the insects can get to the pollen.

Marianne Scheu-Helgert gives one more personal advice: "Now the garden is still clearly laid out, it is advisable to go through it. Then it is easy in summer, you can hardly find anything." The young weeds can still be dealt with with a beet hoe and thistle cutter. "But I mean solid equipment, not plastic. It's also a good gift for Easter," says the gardening expert.

Editor's note: This article is a contribution from our online archive.