All gardeners have to deal with weeds. What most gardeners don’t know is that there’s no need to use harsh chemicals to grow a beautiful, weed-free garden. Below are five ways to kill weeds using natural methods.
The first way to remove weeds is the traditional method of pulling them. Some weeds, such as dandelions, are harder to remove this way than others. The best way to pull weeds is to soak the ground beforehand, which makes them easier to pull out. Be sure to remove the roots as well in order to make sure the week does not grow back. This is a difficult task, so it may be best left to professional gardening services.
All gardeners know how important sunlight is to plants. Without it, they wither and die. So a good way to kill weeds is to cover them in newspaper and mulch, preventing them from receiving any sunlight. Newspaper is biodegradable, so there is no harm in letting it stay in your garden.
A quicker way to get rid of weeds is to pour vinegar on them. Normal household white vinegar is fine to use, although you can use apple cider vinegar in a pinch. Vinegar is very acidic, which damages the roots of the weed and eventually kills it. If the vinegar doesn’t seem to be effective, try adding a bit of salt. An alternative to vinegar is to use boiling water. The weed will absorb the water, which will burn the root with its heat.
Finally, the most drastic option is salt. Salt will suck all the moisture out of the area, rendering anything unable to grow, so it’s best to use it sparingly. Sprinkle a little bit at the base of a particularly resilient weed, being sure not to get it anywhere else. If you are salting a large area, it may be best to use gardening services to ensure the rest of your garden is not affected. For a wide area that you’d like to turn into a walkway, you can salt the area beforehand to ensure no unsightly weeds sprout up between stones.
A tip to keep weeds from coming back is to spread corn meal across your garden. Corn meal prevents seeds from sprouting, which will prevent weeds from coming back. Be sure to only spread corn meal once you’ve finished planting, however, because it prevents all seeds from sprouting, not just weeds.