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Fighting nettles - how it works


There are weeds that can be tolerated and those that can become a real thorn in the side. These include e.g. Nettles as they can even be painful.

Nettles are very stubborn -

Weeds do not always mean that these plants need to be removed from the garden just because they do not produce beautiful flowers or have been deliberately planted. There are also some that look really nice. But there are also some that can become a real nuisance. These include e.g. Nettles. On the one hand, they do not look particularly beautiful and, on the other hand, they are also aggressive and painful on the skin. Who would want to have something like that in the garden voluntarily?

Why do nettles burn on the skin?

Anyone who has touched a stinging nettle or accidentally brushed past it knows how painful this weed can be on the skin. This is triggered by the small hairs on the stems and leaves. They are filled with a burning liquid. If you touch the plant, the tip of the hair breaks off and the liquid is sprayed onto the skin. The result: unsightly blisters on the skin that hurt a lot. With this mechanism, the plant wants to protect itself from predators.

The problem: If you don't control the weeds, a tightly closed plant cover will form. So that it doesn't get that far, you have to do something about it in good time.

This is how you get rid of nettles

Fight nettles with a lot of sweat:

You can control the weeds permanently by mowing them with the brushcutter and then plowing the ground. You have to remove all roots so that the weeds really don't come back.

If that's a shame about the area in the garden, you can regularly mow the nettles with the brushcutter. But then you have to be constantly behind.

Cover nettles with mulch film:

It is a somewhat lengthy process, but it works: You can also cover the area with the nettles with a dark mulch film (available here, for example). This means that the nettles get neither light nor air and they shrink over time. However, it can take up to twelve months to get there.

Fighting nettles with weed killers:

If plowing is not possible or you do not want to apply mulch film, you have no choice but to use a weed killer. But please on a biodegradable that can not harm your pets and bees. We recommend e.g. the NEUDORFF Finalsan Concentrate Weed Free Plus (available here for example). It is biodegradable, not harmful to bees and pets and has a deep-rooted effect.

Important: Always wear gloves!

Always wear thick rubber gloves when fighting nettles! Simple work gloves for gardening do not offer any protection here, because the stinging hair stings through the thin fabric.

Nettles can also be useful

If the nettles appear in a place in the garden where they don't bother you and where you can keep them at bay, let them grow and flourish there. After all, nettles are also useful. You can use it to make a broth that helps against aphids and strengthens plants. Add 4 liters of water and 30 fresh nettles to which you have poured 1 liter of boiling water into a plastic container. Then let the mixture ferment for about four weeks.

When the nettle stock is ready, you can use it as a fertilizer (mixing ratio 1:10 with water) to strengthen your plants or use it to effectively combat aphids. To do this, pour the broth into a spray bottle and spray the infested plants with it once a day for three days.

➯ Reading tip: use weeds - this way you can still use Giersch & Co. sensibly