Talking of weed control: this article on the fabulous American You Grow Girl site suggests hiring a herd of goats to munch their way through your weed-infested garden - I love that idea! The goat herd hired by the author cost a dollar a day per goat - bargain! The outcome, once the goats have trotted off to weedy pastures new:
"Here in my yard, native grass, delicate and shimmering, has begun to peek through the many lumps of residual goat poop."
I wonder if you can hire goats in the UK?