Gardening expert explains how to suppress weeds

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Weeds can be difficult to manage, especially when they are perennial weeds with large taproots. When weeds take over, it can be tempting to treat them with chemicals. However, this could do more harm than good to your garden and the surrounding area.

Toxic chemicals like glyphosate, found in some herbicides, are carcinogenic.

Some herbicides can also harm pets and children, and even get down drains, which can affect natural water supplies.

Instead, Hollie Newton, Sproutl.com’s chief creative officer, said that avid gardeners could try “top-dressing” them.

The best-selling author of How to Grow: A Guide for Gardeners who Can’t Garden Yet told Express.co.uk exclusively that she has started to take an interest in those areas of her garden that require high effort or low maintenance require more time.

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She said: “I think it’s difficult with weed. I don’t use herbicides and I think the planting style is changing.

“When I look at wild grasses and wild flowers, I try to have a lot of permanent plants, different colored evergreens, different variegated leaves, and in fact I intentionally leave areas that I don’t touch.

“There is a lot of beautiful wildlife back there and the soil is healthy.

“Weeding goes hand in hand with the exertion of gardening, so I think if you can go for that scruffy, wilder look, you’ll be happier.”

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