Mum's 'controversial' lawn weeds method: 'No better feeling than reaping the benefits'

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Gardener August is a chemical-free gardener who shares her stunning garden with the world, as well as her clever gardening tips. August is the founder of Seed Explorers, encouraging children to grow their own food. She is a Raymond Blanc Garden School Tutor and presents on Tring Radio. She told readers she doesn’t remove weeds from her lawn.

August, who shares her tips on her Instagram account @Augusts_Garden, said: “I am slightly controversial with the weeds in my lawn and embrace them wholeheartedly.

“It’s not all about perfect lawns, I actually find more beauty in the imperfections.

“I let large parts of the lawn grow into a wild flower maze for the children to run through and create memories. This is also a great place for the wildlife to hide out and take refuge.”

August takes great joy in encouraging wildlife into her garden, and this is known to have a number of benefits to the garden.

She said: “I want to encourage insects within the garden by letting Mother Nature work her magic, by increasing wildlife and biodiversity we are encouraging the circle of life to fight the battles for us.

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August does remove weeds from her vegetable and flower beds using an organic method.

She said: “For weeds in my vegetable and flower beds I go for the good old fashioned method of hand and hoe.

“I find weeding so therapeutic and take great pleasure in spending time tackling chickweed lost in my own thoughts.

“I grow everything organically and don’t use any chemicals as I want my two girls Posie and Winnie to be able to leisurely picnic on spinach or take a handful of beans and eat them straight from the plant.”

One organic method to get rid of weeds is a Japanese tool, used in horticulture for thousands of years.

The hori hori knife was recommended by Nicole Laird is a Peterborough-based cut flower grower, allotmenteer, and dahlia queen. 

She said: “My favourite way to get weeds out is to use a Japanese Hori Hori knife which can get deep into the ground tackling as much of the root as possible.”

“Hori hori” means “to dig” in Japanese as the tool was originally designed to dig up plants.


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