Weeds can make gardening a difficult and laborious task. They often appear in perfectly manicured flower beds, vegetables patches and lawns. But ra
Weeds can make gardening a difficult and laborious task. They often appear in perfectly manicured flower beds, vegetables patches and lawns. But rather than using weed killers or chemicals, a gardening expert has shared a “popular” method to stop gardeners having to weed as regularly.
Gardening expert Matthew Oliver, a horticulturist at the Global Growth Vegetable Garden at RHS Garden Hyde Hall, shared a method to help “bury weed seed” and stop gardeners needing to “weed as much”.
The plant pro shared in a video for the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) how to use the “no dig” method.
Matthew said the method is “becoming increasingly popular” which is why it’s important to know how to do it and why to do it.
He continued: “The reason why people practice no dig gardening is because of the belief that by mechanically turning over the soil with a spade or with a machine would be bad for the soil structure and you’ll get better results in terms of plant growth by leaving it alone and letting the natural soil organisms build up an ecosystem in the soil and therefore get improved results in the vegetable garden.
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Rather than digging the compost in now, the digging method means the worms that naturally live in the soil will come up and ingest the material.
This naturally mixes in with the underlying soil without gardeners having to do more work.
Matthew said implementing this method should also help to “bury weed seeds” that land on the soil.
He added: “Also, mulching like this should help to bury any weed seed that has landed on the soil through the growing season.
“Therefore, potentially you do less weeding next year.”
The “no dig” technique should also help lock moisture into the ground which means gardeners may not need to water as much in dry spells.
Beds and borders should also be ready to sow and plant into.
“If we were digging then we would need to create that ourselves by raking the bed out,” Matthew said.
The “no-dig” method is “a lot less work” but does require a good amount of compost to cover all beds every year.