Lead host of Gardeners’ World Monty Don has shared how to weed a wildflower area. A wildflower area doesn’t have to be plagued by weeds, you can remove more invasive plants in summer before they set seeds. In an episode of Gardeners’ World, Monty shared how to identify and remove dock, hemlock and sow thistle.
“This plant here is hemlock. It’s poisonous, really quite poisonous.
“You can tell – it’s got these lovely, white umbellifer flowers and then the very distinctive, purple blotchy stem.
“If you have got it, I’d wear gloves when you’re handling it.”
Monty cut the weed from the bottom using a hoe and then left it to fall down.
You can easily remove annual weeds by using a hoe and working the soil with it.
However, if you hoe too deeply you could end up with ungerminated seeds coming up to the surface.
It’s best to hoe and remove annual weeds before they release their seeds.
Annual weeds usually have shallow roots which can be pulled up or cut off easily.