Alan Titchmarsh warns gardeners about ‘nuisance’ weed found at plants from garden centres

Weeds can make a garden look untidy and messy if you let them grow out of control. Even small weeds can cause problems in flowers beds and potted plants. Alan explained what the different types of weeds are and how to get rid of them, as well as what to watch out for.

“They will sprinkle seed everywhere, and there’s a famous old saying, ‘One year seen, seven years weed’ – they really will carry on.”

Alan then explained how to remove them and dispose of them.

The gardening expert said for to pull small weeds out and pop them on the compost heap before they seed.

However, disposing of perennial weeds can be a bit more tricky.

Alan added: “Break that top off, or just hoe it off, and that root will send up another shoot, so it’s important with all these thick-rooted weeds that they come out completely.

“You don’t compost them because then you put the compost back on the garden, and if it hasn’t heated up enough, you’re just reintroducing the weeds.

“So the annuals, get rid of them before they seed.

“The perennials, get those roots right out the ground, and then all the plants you want to grow will have a much easier time of it.”

Love Your Weekend with Alan Titchmarsh airs today at 10am on ITV.

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