Real World Gardener War on Weeds Part 1 in Plant Doctor

December 22nd, 2016

REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney, streaming live at  and Across Australia on the Community Radio Network.


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War on Weeds part 1. 

 Physical and Cultural weeding practises.

Why is it that if you have strappy leaved plants in your garden, then grassy weeds colonise that plant just so you don’t notice them?

It’s not until those weeds start showing their seed heads that you realise that there’s a weed growing amongst that clump of daylilies or agapanthus.


Weeds sprouting in your vegetable garden include clover, petty spurge and panic veldt.

Then sometimes you just have to get down to ground level to see how many weeds have infiltrated that garden bed that you thought was thick with plants.

What can we do about them.

Let’s find out I'm talking with Steve Falcioni, general Manager of


PLAY: :Weeds part 1_30th December 2016

Not only do they look unsightly put the weeds are stealing sunlight, water and nutrients from your precious plants, plus they're harbouring pests.

Often pests overwinter on your weeds ready to jump onto your plants when Spring arrives.

Hand weeds of course is great for small areas but for larger areas, perhaps hoeing or solarisation using black plastic is beneficial.

That old saying of 1 years seed gives 7 years weed holds true.

If you’ve just put away all your garden tools and cleaned up and then notice that clump of onion weed that’s in flower, the best thing to do if you haven’t got time or are just too tired is snap off those flowers.

Stopping the seeds from forming is a good start and the weed will still be there when you next get out into the garden.

If you have any questions pruning saws or have some information to share, drop us a line to or write in to 2RRR PO Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675.

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