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    I am a rubbish hoer as I cut too many plant stems so I stopped doing it some years ago and hand weed, pulling up as much weed root as I can each time

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    Can I ask, when I hoe, and pull weeds out by hand, is it better to remove them or let them just die where they lay? If I leave them, will they regrow again? I always worry about this when hoeing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pendipidy View Post
    Can I ask, when I hoe, and pull weeds out by hand, is it better to remove them or let them just die where they lay? If I leave them, will they regrow again? I always worry about this when hoeing!
    When hoeing, I leave the tops on the soil to die off & rot down. The weed will obviously return as you have not got rid of the root. When hand weeding, they need to be dispersed of as they may re-root.
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    Annual weeds can be left to shrivel on the ground. Its preferable to dig out perennial weeds and discard the roots as they may regrow.
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    i mulch thickly so any weeds that come up are easily yanked out.

    muddled - may i ask where you get straw from for that price?

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    Cardboard and mulch on top usually last a few months for all but perennial weeds. Perennials are allowed to get big enough to zap with glysophate as a spray or gel. then they rarely come back, sometimes a second application is needed to make sure.
    A sharp draw hoe can actually be very fast with practice, I'm less accurate with a Dutch hoe and often get intimate with an onion hoe and fingers where small crops can't be draw hoed.
    A blunt Hoe is harder to control and makes the process require more energy.

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