Preparing the area
Clear away any weeds in the application area completely before using Westland Weed Stop; it’s important that you remove the roots of any perennial weeds too. Water plants and soil before applying to ensure the soil is moist.
Weed Stop is a 100% natural and decorative ground cover that prevents weeds for up to 6 months on soil-borne weeds. It can be used in beds, borders, planters, containers and pots. Produced from a blend of wood fibre and bark fines, it offers a close aesthetic likeness to bark with 33% better coverage. Also, it blocks light, helping to prevent weed seed germination.
What are the benefits of Weed Stop?
Weed Stop has a number of benefits for your garden. Aside from giving a neat appearance to your garden in general and preventing weeds, there’s a range of other plus-points. By helping the soil to retain moisture, less water is needed. It’s also handy year-round: it warms the soil in Spring and protects it from extreme cold in Winter.
The fibres lock together to form a physical barrier against weeds. This barrier then blocks out light to stop any remaining weed seeds from germinating. Finally, the barrier helps to retain moisture in the soil by reducing evaporation.
We recommend wearing gloves when handling Weed Stop. Spread a layer of Westland Weed Stop 3cm deep over the soil surface, ensuring that the soil is evenly and completely covered. When spreading, break up any clumps and fluff up the mulch to incorporate air. After spreading, water over the surface of the mulch – this will lock the fibres together. Use in a well-ventilated place and avoid breathing in dust.
If any weeds do appear, remove them as soon as possible to prevent them from spreading. Westland Weed Stop will stay effective as long as it remains in place but may need occasional replenishment to maintain a thick layer on top of the soil surface.
One of the most frequent problems is root rot due to excess irrigation and lack of oxygen in the substrate. Up till now, this has been one of the most common causes of plant death during the growth period, especially with beginner gardeners who lack previous cultivation experience. In addition, the likelihood of this happening increases considerably in crops with auto-flowering varieties; we’ll explain what to do here.
When the plant is young and only has a very small root, its needs are few, it feeds and drinks very little. If we saturate the substrate with too much water, apart from halting the growth of the root (leading to little or no growth in the aerial parts), it creates the ideal conditions for the small roots to slowly rot. If the plant loses a part or all of its tiny root system in its first stage of life, it is almost guaranteed that it will die within a few days.
If it is winter, the plates holding the seeds are often placed on top of a low heat source to raise the temperature. We must, however, be careful: if this heat source emits hot air, the paper towels will dry out and the seeds will run out of moisture, affecting germination. If you realise this in time, you can re-hydrate the seeds and they will usually recover from and continue to germinate, although it is also possible that there will be consequences that may affect the subsequent development of the plant during its cultivation.
Seeds dying due to lack of moisture
Cannabis seeds must be stored in the correct conditions
Not all seeds have the same resistance to the errors that may occur during the germination process. Just as not all siblings are not all equal, neither are all seeds. By this, we mean that in the case of one seed germinating and the rest of them not doing so, it doesn’t necessarily mean that those that didn’t germinate were not strong or resistant, but simply that they were less so than the one that did germinate. If this occurs, we must ask ourselves why they did not germinate and look for any possible failings in the process.
When the plant emerges from the substrate, leaving behind its germination stage, it is crucial to take care with any excess water and the lack of humidity in its aerial parts such as leaves, stems and branches.
Death during the germination of cannabis seeds is one of the most frequent failures suffered by every grower over the course of his or her cultivation career. There are several possible reasons that can lead to the seeds dying before they even open and begin to grow, which we’ll examine here.