Excessive weed growth around new plantings will stifle them and can even kill them. At best it will delay successful establishment as the weeds compete with the plants for space, water and nutrients. It is therefore essential that new plantings are kept regularly weeded.
Initially there will probably be an increase in annual weed seedlings caused by weed seeds from previous years being disturbed by the cultivation of the garden.
Where space permits hoeing is often the most effective method of weed control. In more densely planted areas and amongst herbaceous perennials weeding by hand with a hand fork is the simplest method.
It is very important not to allow annual weeds to seed around, as it will greatly increase the weed problems in subsequent years.
* NB. If you have a soakahose watering system great care should be taken not to damage the pipework and to this end a border fork should not be used. *