How To Get Rid Of Nettles
Nettle is a flowering plant that often invades unhealthy lawn. There are many kinds of nettles that can be found in different areas. Out of the 45 species of nettles, the most common is the stinging nettle, which, from the name itself, stings. When you have nettles in your yard, you can encounter many unwanted scenarios. As mentioned, one classic feat is when you accidentally stumble upon stinging nettle growth and you get injured. Another unwanted situation that nettles can bring to your garden is that they invite caterpillars. The more nettles you have in your lawn, the more caterpillars there will be. And once the caterpillars have eaten the nettles, they might switch to eating your other crops instead. So when you find nettles around your lot, you should get rid of it as soon as you can even before they can multiply.
Removing nettles can be a bit hard; mainly because they can hurt you’re when you try to remove them. Stinging nettles are the worst ones to deal with because these unwanted weeds will somehow find a way to bite and you and leave you stung. Nevertheless, there are some ways to get rid of nettles. All you have to do is be patient and follow these methods to remove them.
Pull them up
If the nettle invasion in your lot is not yet too much and only a few weeds have sprouted, then you can start removing them through the use of your hands. Manually pulling those up is one of the most effective methods to remove the nettles because you are sure that the whole weed has been extracted. First, just wear protective gears including thick gloves, so that you will not get hurt when pulling them up. Then, go out to your garden and pull the weeds upward. Be sure to remove the whole plant in one go because if the roots remain intact on the ground, you will face a bigger trouble. Secure all the pulled weeds inside a garbage bag and dispose properly.
If the nettles are too much for your hands to manually handle, then you can resort to mowing. Mowing alone will not really remove the nettles, and it can even promote multiplication of those unwanted weeds. However, if you regularly mow and never let the nettles grow more than two inches, then you have a chance of killing them. If the nettles are kept to minimum length, they will not be able to get all the nutrients and resources they need, so they will die eventually. Just run your mow on the lawn every now and then until the nettles stop to grow.
Cover the patch
Solarization is another process you can do to get rid of the nettles. However, this may be time consuming. IN solarization, you need to cut down the nettles first and then cover the patches with layers of plastic, tarpaulin or paper. Secure the cover in place. This cover that you’re placed will trap the heat from the sun so that the nettles beneath it will fry and die. Usually, solarization takes up to 2 months in order for it to work. So if you are going to follow this method, always know to be patient.
Use weed killers
Weed killers contain chemicals that can kill those unwanted nettles. If the patch is not near other plants, you can just spray weed killer or treat the soil with herbicide. This will kill the nettles after few applications.