Weeds will overtake your lawn, garden, and even encroach upon your sidewalk. Controlling weeds with chemicals is bad for your health, other plants, animals, and the environment. Natural weed control is easy and can be less expensive than over the counter chemicals. Poisoning your yard is not the way to control weeds.
You can purchase a flame weeder that effectively burns the weeds out. They don’t kill the roots so several treatments need to done for total control. Extreme care will need to be taken during dry seasons so you do not start a fire. This method only kills where it is applied so other plants are not harmed.
A Vinegar Mix
Mixing white vinegar with soap and salt is a good way to deal with weeds naturally. It needs to be sprayed directly on the weeds and works best under full sunshine. It might have to be repeated a few times for total weed control.
The Old Fashioned Way
Hoeing weeds might take some time and work, yet it is very efficient without the use of chemicals. You will have total control over what you are chopping out and will not risk over spray on windy days. This method is cheap and works very well.
Boil Some Water
Pour boiling water directly onto the weeds for a cheap and natural method of controlling weeds. The water will cool quickly and only burn in the area that it is poured. Care must be taken not to pour the water on plants you want to keep.
Only Water Your Plants
Weeds will grow and thrive in your garden if you feed and water the whole area. By watering and fertilizing individual plants, you will cut down on the amount of weeds growing in your garden. Only give enough water for the plants that they need. Excess water will help weeds grow.
Mulching around trees and bushes will help cut down on unwanted weeds and makes mowing the yard much easier. Organic mulch will smother the weeds that are already there and keep new seeds from germinating. Wood chips, grass clippings, and compost are all natural forms of mulch. You can also purchase mulch at home centers and lumber yards.
You can make a 10 percent mixture of rubbing alcohol with the rest water and put in a spray container. Add a few drops of liquid soap to the mixture. This works great for dandelion control and other unwanted weeds in your yard.
Corn Gluten Meal
This is a good product which stops seed from germinating. It will not kill the weeds but keeps new ones from growing. If you use it in the garden, make sure your crop has started before applying it.
This is another natural way to get rid of weeds. Mix a couple ounces of it to 2 gallons of water and put it in a spray bottle. Only spray on the weeds and not into the soil. Do not use this mixture on windy days or you might destroy plants that you want to keep.
Lemon juice is a natural deterrent to weed control. It is highly acidic and when sprayed directly on the weed will dry them out. You can also mix it with vinegar in a spray solution.
You can improve your lawn using these methods of weed control. Lawn management doesn’t have to require the use of deadly chemicals. Taking care of your lawn while protecting nature and your health should be your top priority. Lawn care can be done naturally without using sprays that are harmful to the environment.
Author Bio : Sarah works for Yourgreenpal and she loves writing about gardens and lawns.