Just as the winter is spent preparing for garden action, so the summer is spent trying to keep up with it. This is the golden age for weeds: balmy evenings spent quietly hoeing will reward your endeavour. Root out populations of weeds in hedge bottoms and shady corners before they can run to seed, otherwise you will face a much stiffer challenge in the coming years. It pays to know your enemy, so a gradual process of getting to know the various weeds and their lifecycles, habits and habitats will be rewarded by an understanding of how to control them, for now at least.

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