Control of Common poppy
Seeds germinate more easily in light and when temperatures are rising or falling, so leaving the seeds on the soil surface can encourage germination of the non-dormant fraction (<50%), but the small seed easily moves into the soil profile, falling into cracks and being washed in by rainfall.
Our expert on weed control through soil management is Neil Fuller. Soils health is the capacity of soil to function as a living system. Healthy soils maintain a diverse community of soil organisms that help to control plant disease, insect and weed species. Soil health is influenced by the dynamic interactions that occur between the physical, chemical and biological components of the soil. Measuring soil health is therefore crucial in order to keep these interactions in balance.