There are plenty of ways to rid your garden of weeds – but it’s important that those methods are safe for your kids and pets, too. While nothing’s worse than feeling like you’re endlessly pulling weeds from your otherwise beautiful garden, it’s good to be able to get rid of weeds naturally, without the use of potentially harmful chemicals. So what are some of the best natural ways to kill weeds?
Read on to see 7 ways that have passed our weed-killing test.
Sure it’s time consuming, but if you’re vigilant, this traditional method is one of the best ways to ensure a weed won’t be coming back. Wear gardening gloves and use a claw or sharp trowel to help you loosen the weed from the soil first. As you pull it out by the root, beware of inadvertently transferring the seeds somewhere else.
There are many different types and colors of mulch available, and using it in your garden can keep weeds away. Not only does it protect against weed seeds coming into contact with soil, it also keeps sunlight from reaching any potential seeds that are already underground so they won’t have the chance to sprout. Plus, it retains moisture and breaks down to enrich your soil, too!
Good for killing weeds – and for recycling – adding a layer of newspaper to your garden can help smother existing weeds and prevent new ones from growing. Wet your soil and lay down your newspaper, wetting it thoroughly again before covering it with mulch. This will not ensure no sunlight reaches weed seeds, it’ll also encourage earthworms to come and stay – and they’re great for your garden!
Scalding hot water will get rid of weeds, though ones with particularly long roots may take a few applications before they stop coming back. Simply grab your kettle off the stove and pour a stream of boiling water carefully on the crown of each unwanted plant. To help ensure you don’t get burned in the process, wear long pants and close-toed shoes.
Applying vinegar to weeds using a spray bottle or brush will prevent them from growing, however, vinegar can kill your plants too. Therefore it’s important to use this method when there’s little wind to ensure the vinegar is used on the weed only – not your garden plants. Keep in mind that vinegar’s weed-killing properties are activated b y the sun, so try this method on a bright, sunny day.
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If vinegar isn’t strong enough to keep weeds at bay, try mixing it with sale and dish soap. Using equal parts of each, put the mixture in a spray bottle and apply it to those stubborn weeds. However, it’s best to use this method on days with little wind, as this mixture will kill any plant it touches. Use it with care!
Cornmeal will keep any seed from germinating – and that includes weeds. However, you won’t want to try sprinkling it in your garden until you’ve finished planting seeds for the year, and your other plants or vegetables are established. Otherwise you’ll be stopping their growth too!
It is possible to get rid of weeds naturally and keep them from coming back without the use of harmful chemicals. Try one or two of the methods we’ve shared in our list to keep weeds from appearing in your beautiful garden!