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Hello there  I have an neglected roughly 20ft square patch in my back garden covered with ? weed. I wou ld welcome any advice on something easy growing for this year  thanks Marie

Hi Marie, firstly, it depends whether you want to grow, fruit, veg, herbs, flowers or shrubs?

hello Ryan,  thanks for your Quick reply  We have tons of snow here in Belfast  SOMETHING THAT I

CAN PLANT LATER IN THE YEAR  AM EASY ABOUT WHAT I WANT BUT HOPEFULLY A COLOURFUL PLANT WHICH WOULD THRIVE UNDER A PEAR TREE PERHAPS  MARIE

 

Maybe spray the weeds and sow annuals. Give you loads of colour this summer and time to consider what you might do later.
Dovefromabove

How big is the pear tree?  That'll give us a bit of an idea about how big the roots are 

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TA VERDUN   COULD BE THE BEST OPTION BUT I WAS HOPING NOT TO SPRAY AS I HAVE YOUNG GRANDWEANS  MARIE

Dusty, it's not too big to dig over is it? Or even hoe off ?
Go for the annuals and your "grand weans" will think you are a magician when your plot erupts into a riot of colour.

IT'S ABOUT OMG I DONT KNOW BUT IT IS 20 YEARS AGROWING  MAYBE 30ft  M

Dovefromabove

Ok, so it's a mature tree   Do you get lovely pears ? 

Thanks folks  I will go with the annuals Now why didnt I think of that?  marie

Glyphosate then. (tumbleweed, Roundup) Spray on a dry day...wait until it warms up a little....and it needs some 5 or 6 hours without rain. It's safe when dry.
Can you cut some of it down first? I hack wifh shears then use an old mower with blades set high to "bully" it down. Then spray fresh emerging weeds. Plant month
Later.
Busy-Lizzie

Does the pear tree cast much shade? A lot of annuals prefer to grow in sun. Busy-Lizzies (Impatiens) and bedding begonias are OK with shade. They are quite slow to grow from seed so probably best to buy small plants and plant out after frosts are over.

Hardy annuals, like love-in-a mist, calendulas etc you can just sow the seeds in your prepared soil. Certain half-hardy annuals, like cosmos, nasturtiums you can sow when it's warmer.

Otherwise, if budget allows, just buy trays of what you like the look of in local garden centre to plant when weather is warmer.

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