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autumn weeds

Gardening is a job that needs to be done all year round. If you take your foot off the gas in the autumn months, you can guarantee you'll have a jungle on your hands by the time it comes round to spring. But surely all garden weeds grow in the spring and summer, don't they? This is a common misconception, here's why...

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is moss dangerous

Gardeners across the UK will understand how difficult it is to prevent moss from appearing in your garden, but is moss dangerous? The short answer is no. Unlike fungus, moss does not produce spores or poisons that are dangerous to humans. So what's the problem with it?

While moss itself isn't dangerous, it can cause a myriad of problems if it's left to develop throughout your garden. Moss is capable of retaining moisture for a long period of time, and since moss can grow just about anywhere, moss can be a problem on your roof, your patio, your lawn... the list goes on!

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Japanese knotweed growing over a garden fence

Have you noticed that more and more people are talking about Japanese knotweed lately? Well, there may be a good reason for the British public's growing interest in this invasive plant - the results of a recent study by Horticulture.co.uk suggest that the number of live Japanese knotweed cases in the UK has increased significantly in recent years.

The study states that confirmed UK cases have grown by 27.91% in the last five years, but that's just a national average - the increase is actually far higher than that in certain regions. South Yorkshire tops the list with a five-year increase of 77.19%, just ahead of Hampshire (+73.24%) and West Sussex (+72.22%).

And Japanese knotweed isn't just spreading fast in England. The top ten list also includes two Welsh regions: Powys (+61.93%) and Cardiff (+53.01%). There are currently hundreds of confirmed cases in both areas.

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how to prevent weeds from growing

We all dream of a weed-free garden, but the reality is, it's quite tricky to prevent weeds from growing in the first place. A lot of the time, we don't know that weeds are there until they rear their ugly heads and make their presence known. That being said, there are a few things you can do to help prevent weeds from growing.

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Weeds growing through pavement cracks

Weeds in the garden are a pain, but weeds in public places can be downright dangerous. It's important for councils to stay on top of their weeds - not only is it unsightly when weeds start sprouting up through the cracks in the pavement, it's also a potential trip hazard.

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