Hypertufa Troughs Get Weedy? We’ll Fix That!
Weeds are unwelcome!
I always hate to go out into the garden and see that the weeds are plotting another takeover. I can work for hours pulling all the weeds and unwanted sprouts and then spread mulch, but it seems that no time passes and they are back.
Even though weeds are very minimal in my hypertufa troughs, weeds still do make their way into them.
But it is funny to get out a pair of needle-nose pliers to pull them!
Yes, if I am going to cast a vote for my most useful garden tool, you won’t think I am being truthful. It’s this:
These are so useful when you are reaching into the troughs and bowls. The tight and compacted way the petals or leaves of pups or chicks are all layered together, you need a long-nosed instrument like this to reach between and get down to the base of the weed.
You can get used to just the right grasp that holds the base of the weed right at the bottom…..so that you don’t just trim the weed, leaving its root behind to grow back even better. With this method, you can grasp the base and “curl” it out of the soil easy-peasy! (That’s a horticultural term.)
My hypertufa troughs are packed pretty solid sometimes, with not much room to allow a weed to grow. But when they do, these needle-nose pliers can squeeze past the plant and grasp that little stem and curl it right out.
Sometimes a beautiful weed called the Wood Violet can temp you to leave it, but these quickly can take over the small planters and squeeze everything out. Perhaps give them their own little planter where they can multiply to their hearts content?
And don’t under estimate these Needle Nose Pliers. They are not just for hypertufa containers or any other type of container you may use. These work in your open beds and borders too.
By the way, how many sprouted maple seeds do you have in your garden? I lost count at 101,652 LOL
Try your pliers to pull those annoying weeds out of the cracks in the pavement or brickwork. You can get a grip on those and YANK. They’re gone. Roots and all!
Here’s a short video showing how easy it is to pull those weeds. I think it is a lot better than trying to get your fingers into those little spaces. Depending on what you want to use, these just cry out to be waiting in the pocket of your garden apron.
Have you used pliers to weed your garden? I usually carry a pail or bucket with me as I walk around and weed the garden. That way I can dump the whole thing into the compost pile when I am done.
Or maybe I just put the bucket down on the back deck and get busy with something else, and find the bucket later with an inch of rainwater in it, and some rusted pliers next to it. Did I do that?
So tell me, do you use pliers in the garden? Thanks for reading!