Every gardener and gardener should know basic methods of weed control in order to save his plot. Consider how to get rid of wood lice in the garden and what preventive measures can be taken so that it no longer grows.
What is wood lice
The weed plant, wood lice (bird star, chicken) belongs to the clove family and loves moisture. The leaves are small and shiny, white flowers in appearance resemble a small asterisk. Small bushes grow very quickly, and if the sprouts are not timely eliminated, they will completely cover the garden in a matter of days. Thanks to this, grass is sometimes planted in “bare” areas or in cemeteries to create an even, dense green carpet.
Woodlouse has useful properties, and some gardeners leave it for use in traditional medicine. The chemical composition of the juice contains vitamins C, E, K, which are necessary for the normalization of blood coagulation. Also included are many antioxidants that neutralize the negative effects of free radicals.
During the summer season, 2-3 generations of woodlice change. A lot of seeds ripen on one bush, which ensures good growth of the broom.
How to get rid of weed: basic methods
Mulching is a method that will allow you to get rid of many weeds in the garden, and wood lice are no exception. It involves sheltering the soil in order to retain moisture and prevent the growth of weeds. To eliminate unwanted vegetation, it is best to use cardboard for berries and bushes (strawberries, strawberries, currants) and hay for garden crops – peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers.
Weeding allows not only to loosen and fluff up the soil, but also to destroy weeds. Damaging the root system of woodlice, the gardener slows the growth of grass and improves the development of garden crops. Loosening the soil helps when the sprocket only begins to emerge. If the bushes are already large, weeding will not help, because the tools do not penetrate the soil so deep as to completely destroy the root.
Weeds can be destroyed by chemicals.
You can use one of the following means – “Glysol”, “Glyph” or “Hurricane”. It is necessary to dilute 100 g of the drug in 5 liters of water, mix thoroughly and process the garden.
To protect cultivated plants, they are previously covered with a film. The treatment is carried out with a brush or spray.
Traditional medicine also effectively cope with wood lice. The weed is afraid of garlic, soda, vinegar. Salt can be sprinkled on the paths, which will destroy unnecessary herbs, but will not harm fruit crops. You can also irrigate the beds with vinegar and slaked soda foam. For convenience, you need to use a spray gun.
You can apply any of the presented methods. The main rule in the fight against weeds is their timely removal, otherwise they grow and completely clog the soil, have a detrimental effect on the development of cultivated plants.
Additional tips from experienced farmers and agronomists:
- Woodlice loves acidic soil. Accordingly, you need to add lime (ash) to it in order to change the pH level, so that the weed ceases to be found on the site. Deoxidation of the soil should be carried out on the beds themselves and around them in the fall, before wintering. Even if roots or seeds remain in the ground, they are not activated. Before the process, you need to dig the soil and add slaked lime with a calculation of 500-700 g per 1 m².
- The most effective way to fight is mechanical action. In this case, it is better not to weed the instruments, but to tear them with your hands so that the root is completely removed.
Woodlice is a useful plant, although it damages crops in the beds. It is difficult to fight it, but it is possible if you know some secrets and developmental features.