How to Get Rid of Weeds without Harsh Chemicals
The clement weather and plenty of sun rays that spring has brought are a true boost for every garden. Yet, people’s favorite vegetables and flowers are not the only plants to take advantage of good conditions.
Weeds like crabgrass and sorrel are growing stronger as well. You can, of course, easily get rid of them with the help of expert gardening care services, but there are some measures you can take on your own too.
Below you will find a few useful tips that can help you exterminate such garden invaders without treating your garden with harsh chemicals. Learn how to kill the obnoxious weeds and preserve your soil’s quality and the already planted greenery at the same time:
1. Pulling weeds
You do not have to be a professional gardener to know that not all weeds are equally easy to pull out of the ground. In case you have to deal with darnels with taproots or dandelions, for instance, you will have to don some gardening gloves and get onto the task of pulling.
It is wise to first water the soil around the weed or wait for a heavy rain and pull them after that. This is done to ensure that the ground is soft and the task is easier for you. Keep a handy inventory of some tools like screwdrivers or knives at hand to use if you have to loosen the roots before pulling the weeds off.
Many hobby gardeners prefer this method because it is neither difficult nor expensive. You will only need a weed scorcher or a blow-torch which are widely available on the market. It is not a good idea to set the unwanted greenery on fire, as this can actually be very dangerous.
If you simply run the hot flame over the weeds, they will wither shortly after and die. The method is effective because it essentially dries up the internal moisture of the plants. Even weeds can’t do without moisture.
This method is used not so much to take care of existing weeds but is rather a preventive measure that you can take to ensure no weeds are present in the first place. Mulching essentially eliminates the contact between weed seeds and the soil.
Cover the ground with mulch material, such as shredded leaves or grass clippings, to keep the seeds away from sunlight and thus prevent them from sprouting. Always go for biodegradable mulch, so that the soil is enriched over time while smothering the nasty weeds.
Salt is an excellent lawn maintenance product. Sprinkle your garden paths and the edges of your lawn carefully to make a barrier for weeds. Treat areas you cannot reach with your lawn mower with salt (both rock and table salt work fine) to make the space barren and ease the battle with weeds for a while.
5. Using Vinegar
If you find the “pulling out” method too time-consuming, try killing taproot weeds via this one. Pour some vinegar on the affected areas of your garden and you will be happy to see the weeds dead just a couple of days later.
Their roots can wither even if you use pickling liquid. However, if you are determined to kill naturally robust and long taproots of the invaders, vinegar is the perfect solution.
6. Boiling Water
There is a rather simple and inexpensive way to dispose of unwanted greenery in your garden – boiling water. Use water in which you have boiled vegetables or pasta to go even more eco-friendly and not waste nature’s resources. Just pour the boiling water precisely onto the weeds.
It will take no more than several days for even the strongest of them to shrivel. Scalding water is the ultimate nature-friendly way to kill weeds, but you will have to watch out as you don’t want to burn other plants.
It is a natural law that the stronger ones survive. Apply this principle to your landscaping and design your garden in a way to create natural competition between your plants and weeds.
Make sure you pick flowers and herbs that consume resources like water, sunlight and nutrients faster than weeds. This way you can stimulate natural extermination of weeds without having to do anything else to kill them. The healthier and richer your garden is, the fewer weeds you will have to worry about.
Stay on the lookout and be prepared to act quickly before the problem escalates. Choose a method which is best for your situation and deal with the unwelcome plants once and for all.
After you manage to exterminate them, make sure you utilize weed materials the best you can. They make for a good addition to your compost pile, like any greenery that you can include there.
About The Author
A humble yet keen self-taught gardener, Natalie Miller loves to research and share tips and ideas on gardening matters. She hopes that her writings will inspire and give further insight to both expert gardeners and novices alike.