Many of the worst garden weeds can quickly take over your garden during the growing season. Weeds start growing earlier in the year than many garden plants, in early spring – so be sure to get on top of them early before they get out of hand.
Not sure which young plants are weeds? Check our weed seedling identifier to help you identify them.
Then each week, check your garden for weeds and take action to control them. If you ignore them, they'll spread or set seed, causing bigger problems later on. Perennial weeds can be a particular problem – discover five ways to tackle perennial weeds without chemicals.
There are lots of different ways to deal with weeds, from hoeing to pulling them up. It's best to weed on a dry day, when the soil is moist – this will make them easier to dig up, then clear away.
Here are five ways to eradicate garden weeds.
If you have a bad perennial weed infestation and don't mind using chemicals, you could use a systemic weedkiller containing glyphosate. Spray or dab onto dry leaves, when rain is not forecast, in midsummer. If tackling bindweed, train up a bamboo cane first to isolate from the other plants. Always read the label.