How To Get Rid Of Bishop’s Weed
Is there bishop’s weed in your garden that you just can’t get rid of? Are you worried that it will kill your other plants and that it will take over your lawn quickly? Bishop’s weed is a common type of weed that grows in most areas in the United States. They are known to be very tough to kill as they have these complicated rhizomes systems. Moreover, they can stand on almost any type of soil, and they can live and survive through varying climate conditions. Because of its notorious characteristics, bishop’s weed must be removed as soon as it comes to your sight.
Once a bishop’s weed has sprouted from your lawn, it will just keep on multiplying unless you put a stop into it. The bad news is that it is quite hard to control. The good news is that, no matter how challenging it may be to get rid of bishop’s weed, there are several methods that you can try to get rid of these unwanted plants on your lawn. So if you have enough of trying methods that do not work gear up and try these things that can help you get rid of bishop’s weed.
Dig them up
Manually digging up the bishop’s weed is one of the most effective ways to ensure that they are not going to come back once they have been removed. You can just go out to your lawn and dig up the patches of bishop’s weed using a gardening spoon or spade. Dig around the solid where the growth is. Watch out for its root system as you might unconsciously break it down. This will just result to another growth. The key thing to remember when digging up bishop’s weed is to remove the entire weed system. Once you have done this, place the weed in a garbage bag or a sack so you can dispose the weeds properly. However, this method is only practical if the infestation is just mild so if you are dealing with lots of adult bishop’s weed patches, you might as well try another method.
Solarization is a process wherein the plant growth is being covered to trap the heat from the sun, and eventually, the plants will die from excessive heat. You can try this method with bishop’s weed but it will take a couple of weeks before it can work. Moreover, it might not be as effective if you are living in a cold area or you are doing this during cold season. Solarization is best done during spring or summer months.
First, mow the lawn so that the bishop’s weed patches are just a few centimeters from the ground. Then, get a big tarpaulin or lots of cardboards, plastics or old newspaper. Lay them down on the ground where the bishop’s weeds are. If you are using thin materials, be sure to make about 5 layers or even more to ensure that the heat will be trapped. Secure the end of cover with rocks. Just wait for a few weeks until you see that the bishop’s weeds have turned into a dead color.
If you want a faster option to get rid of the bishop’s weed, you can try using weedkillers. However, they are not very environmentally friendly. Simply go to your local gardening store and ask for an effective weedkiller for bishop’s weed. Follow the instruction on the product’s label and apply it to the bishop’s weed patches.