How To Get Rid of Onion Weed

By Subodh / October 9, 2013

Many gardeners have had difficult times when clearing onion weed because they aren’t sure of the suitable organic ways of getting rid of the weed. Onion weed, scientifically known as Allium Triquentrum can actually brings superior problems to gardeners. The weed can suppress the onion and eventually affect its growth as well as development. Onion weed is treated differently since it is actually a popular perennial weed since it stores both carbohydrates and nutrients in their bulbs such that it grows in the coming season.

When gardeners try to pull onion weed out, the parent bulb goes ahead to release bulbils directly from their parent bulb base. Instead of reducing this weed, it multiplies thus creating another complex problem. Some say mulching onion is the right cure. Mulching means the covering of the weed so as to prevent it from daylight thus inhibiting its growth. As we know, the weed is actually invasive and above all, multiplies; it becomes almost impossible if the owner gives the weed enough time without dealing with it.

How to Get Rid of Onion Weed

For plants: Mowing is the best medicine

Unlike other common weeds which are dealt with by spraying, pulling or chopping; onion weed especially the wild and garlic onion can be a prominent challenge to any gardener out there. Surprisingly, they keep on growing throughout the spring and winter season. After blossoming, they produce both bulblets and bulbs which are kept underground for long time until the right condition comes before they sprout.

Carrying out foliage mowing will not completely eradicate the wild onion but will assist in weakening the weed. Therefore, mowing should be consistence in order to prevent the wild onion from producing seeds.

The application of chemicals

Though several herbicide manufacturers claim that herbicides can complete fix the wild onion problem, the pointy is, wild or garlic onions cannot be fully controlled through the application of herbicides. However, the application of post-emergence herbicide regular is the true cure. These weeds are required to be sprayed frequently during different seasons. Prominent challenge faced when spraying is that the weed has glossy but thin leaves thus making it more difficult for this herbicide to stink. Today, scientists who have done research regarding the weed suggest that after spraying post0emergenece herbicide, gardeners should do the mowing. In this way, the weed uptake becomes easier.

Concerning herbicides, some chemicals are meant to control these weeds in a certain region but cannot function is used in other regions. For instance, metsulfuronmethly herbicide is popularly used in Australia. Whichever the herbicide is suitable in your region; you should apply or spray the herbicide around the old corm where new corm is expected to develop.

Covering with special black plastic

Though knowledgeable people recommend black plastic covering, I suggest that it a nasty method because overheats all living things including plants under it during summer season. The basic agricultural knowledge is that special and fertile soils should and must have sufficient hair circulating, this assist plants breathe in a healthy way. During summer, the overheating leads to the killing of important micro-organisms such as worms that contribute a lot to fertility of any soil. Despite these black plastic shortcomings, when plastic coverage is done properly leaving enough space to your onions will serve a good controller of weeds. Specialists should be incorporated when employing plastic.

Dig out the garlic or wild onion weed

This is another suggested method of controlling garlic onion weeds. This controlling method requires both effort and time. Don’t allow weeds to take roots and eventually cover the entire crops, this will give you problems when digging them out. The best thing here is to do the digging regularly. If you find more taxing, call a help to assist you in digging out the weeds. Do it carefully to avoid disturbing the plants.

Instead of mowing, cut them

When mowing can’t work, cutting them down is an alternative. In addition, if you don’t like digging out the weeds or it tires you, cutting them is another verified cure. The cutting again should be conducted severally until the existing bulbs which keep on multiplying gives up. If you cut once and leave it, the multiplication of the weeds will take place thus complicating the problem.

Although some methods applied can be effective in certain region while inactive in other areas, the method you choose must be active in your area. The removing of weeds isn’t a onetime exercise; gardeners should display consistency when removing these weeds. When you try several weed removal methods and they fail, try to out from experienced expert who can suggest the most appropriate getting-rid method applicable in your garden. Monitoring the progress of your plants is the most effective of way of taking of your valued crops. Use only recommended herbicides to protect your crops.