How To Get Rid Of Henbit For Good

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Maintaining the look and feel of your garden is indeed what every one of us wants. It's because our garden is what relieves us of our stress and pressure. However, anything could happen, and henbits might appear out of nowhere. In this article, we're going to tell you how to get rid of henbit in the most effective way possible.

What Is Henbit?

But before we proceed, we must first know what henbit is. It is a type of weed that commonly grows in the U.S. These are characterized with a greenish or purplish stem that has a square shape. Its leaves have a circular shape.

However, there are times that it has a heart-shaped. Flowers then grow at the top of its stems during the spring months. And it's because of this that they damage the view of our gardens, leaving most people to want to get rid of them.

You Need To Prepare:

1. Gardening Gloves

The first things you need to prepare in getting rid of henbits are gardening gloves. You're going to need this to protect your hand from getting cuts, as well as in keeping your hands clean. When choosing gardening gloves, make sure that it's not too big or too small. You're going to grab on henbits and pull them by force, which is why your gloves should be light and portable. It should also be breathable, so your hands won't sweat a lot.

2. Mulch

You also need to have mulch, because this is the one you’ll use to stop the henbits from re-growing. Re-growth is common in henbits because it produces flowers. When the flowers’ pollen falls on the ground, it can re-grow again into henbits.

With the help of mulching it, you are covering up the soil where you've removed the henbits. It makes sure that it wouldn't be able to accommodate nutrients because it's covered up. Any mulch will do, whether it be well-composted manure, wood chips, or commercial mulch products.

3. Fertilizer

Fertilizer is another important must-have when it comes to removing henbit. It's with the help of fertilizer that you can make sure that the environmental conditions won't be conducive to henbits' growth and living. This is because fertilizers help make your grass grow thicker. And the thicker the grass, the less likely weeds are to grow because, in the first place, there won't be any space for them to grow because the lawn is dense.

4. Herbicide

This is another important must-have if you want to remove henbits. Herbicides are specifically made to kill henbit, making them very effective killers. It's best that you choose a herbicide product that is reputable and has been in the industry for a long time. There are commercial herbicide products that also include its sprayer, so you might want to choose them.

What You're Going To Do

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Method #1 Hand Weeding and Mulching

The easiest and probably most effective way to deal with henbits is by wedding them off by hand. But in doing so, you should make sure that you also include removing its base. It’s best to remove them when the soil is a bit damp because the base wouldn’t be clinging to hard on it. Also, try to remove them before flowers start to bloom.

Once you’ve removed them, it’s now time to make sure that they won’t re-grow. Do this by spreading mulch over the soil. 3 to 5 inches of mulch would be great. Wood chips, leaf mold, rotted manure, or shredded bark would be perfect types of mulch you can put.

If you observe that the layer starts to thin out, you can add an extra layer on it. Or you might try putting gravel or pebbles on top of it to solidify the soil further.

Method #2 Proper Lawn Maintenance

Henbits thrive in lawns or garden where the grass is too thin and is placed in a shady place. To avoid these weeds from growing, simply avoid this kind of setup. You can do this by mowing your grass regularly, as mowing helps thicken your lawn.

Also water your lawn constantly so that the soil would always be moist. Wet and damp soil would stop the growth of weeds, because of henbit growing on it, grass will, thereby leaving no further space for unnecessary weeds to grow.

Pour fertilizer into your lawn every once in a while. Apply 2 ½ to 3 pounds of fertilizer per 1,000 square feet of lawn. This will be more than enough to help the active growth of grass.

It's also highly recommended that you reseed your lawn if it starts to wither and dry out. This is especially true during the summer months when there is less rain, and the grass starts to lose nutrients and dry up.

Method #3 Herbicide Treatment

When it comes to ensuring that henbits won't be appearing, the herbicide treatment is the strongest option. This is because these contain chemicals that are specifically designed to kill henbits. By applying herbicide on your lawn, you're making sure that henbit won't grow on it.

It's best to apply these in early fall because it usually rains during this time. Apply 2 pounds of herbicide for every 1,000 square feet of soil. This would be enough to stop the henbits from their tracks. If it doesn't rain, you need to manually apply water on them because herbicides won’t be effective if the place is too dry.

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Conclusion

To sum it all up, it isn't that difficult to get rid of henbit. With the help of this article and the tips presented in it, there's no doubt that you'll be getting rid of these pesky weeds from your garden or lawn in no time. Just remember to be careful in applying all you've learned here.

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The Best And Most Effective Tips On How To Grow Curry Leaves

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I am a herb person and personally like adding herbs and spices in my dish. One of my favorites is the curry leaves. To note, curry leaves are not similar to curry powder. It is used mainly to add aroma to curry dishes because it's heady and spicy just like how some people use bay leaf. I learned how to grow curry leaves at home and mine is a small bush but it can usually grow from 13 up to 20 feet.

1. What are curry plants

What they look like

Native from India, curry plant blossoms fragrant white flowers and grows poisonous berry like fruits - small and black. Its resting period is during the winter season but you can expect it to be at its peak all throughout the other three seasons. During these times, you will get flowering curry plants with vivid, green leaves.

Different types

There are three kinds of curry plants. First, the regular curry which can grow really fast and the tallest of its kind. The leaves doesn't look like the ones you buy in the supermarket. The second one is the dwarf curry, which can grow as the smallest and produces longer leaves that are lighter green. The third one is the gamthi curry, this takes the longest time to grow but is also the most aromatic of the three with thicker leaves.

2. What to consider

Take care of the seeds

You can choose to start by either using curry seeds or curry cuttings. To get your own seeds from its fruit, dig into its insides by thoroughly cleaning it or you can also sow the whole fruit. For a good chance of germination, it is advisable to use fresh seeds.

Choose your soil

For your soil, moisture is an important factor. Do not wet your potting soil entirely, the best way to go so you can effectively sow your seeds is to keep your soil damp.

Give them the right temperature

Curry seeds can germinate well in warmer areas. Keep your growing place in a minimum of 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit). All of the three variants have to be grown where there is adequate sunlight exposure.

3. Sowing your curry plant

What containers

In most American gardens, the best option is to start growing your seedlings or cuttings in a container. Also take note that once your plant has grown, it is time to transfer it from your starting container into a bigger one to accommodate growth.

Where to sow

You can opt to grow your plant indoors but you must be careful to strategically place it where there is sun such as near your windows. The best soil to use is slightly acidic and does not pool water so as not to deprive your plant with its needed oxygen.

4. What temperature can do

Beating colder months

Despite the fact that curry plants growth depletes during winter season, you can combat this by exposing your plant in the sunniest and warmest area of your indoor garden. In this way, the resting period during winter can be shortened and you can prevent your plants from losing so much leaves.

Precautions for warmer months

Though warmth is encouraged for curry leaves, it is also advised to watch out for over sun exposure. You can do this by gradually exposing the plant to the heat to avoid frying your curry leaves especially at times when the temperature goes up until 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

5. Procedure

Speeding up growth

In using seed to propagate, allot around one to two years for your seedlings. To produce a plant with multiple branches and to yield abundant leaves, you can pinch and trim the plant while they are still young. While it is important to use fresh seeds, the quicker way to germinate it is by removing the outer layer that is hard. As seeds tend to grow slower, you can choose to grow your plant by buying leaf plants from nurseries or Asian markets.

Leaves or stems

The leaves are considered like a cutting. Choose fresh leaves and cut them one inch from the bottom. In choosing a stem, cut about three inches making sure it has leaves in it. You can then immerse the leaves or the stem into your growing medium. Planting curry leaves is one of the easiest ways to breed.

6. Proper maintenance

Fertilizer and pests

You can use a diluted fertilizer made of seaweed in your curry plant on a weekly basis. As your plant starts to grow, you can proceed in trimming down the leaves.

Curry plant is also prone to attract mites. To combat this nuisance, you can use water that is tepid, not too warm and not too cold to wash your leaves off. In conjunction with this, you can also use a mild detergent or soap to better clean it out. For pests which can hinder the growth of your plant, you can go with insecticidal soap.

Watering

During milder seasons such as spring, watering your plants can be done at least once a week. But as summer comes, curry plants won' t tolerate the heat. Also, as it grows larger, you will also need to water it more often as you used to in the beginning preferably twice a day.

Curry plant can be grown easily as long as you keep these things in mind. The plant needs just enough sun and warmth and the basics of gardening must be applied as well which makes this a perfect feat even for beginners. These amazing herb offers a great variety in your dishes and in your garden too! I hope that these information benefits you well and encourages you to grow this amazing herb as an addition to your garden. If you like this post, please leave a comment below so I will know. Happy gardening!