In gardening, weeds are inevitable visitors. Instead of using chemicals that may cause long-term damage to your garden soil, a better choice is to opt for organic weed control in the garden. Using homemade weed killers can help in limiting, controlling or getting rid of unwanted weeds. Plus, organic weed control makes use of natural, easy and safe methods.
Here are important things to take note of when it comes to organic weed control:
Pulling and digging may seem like a daunting task, but they help keep weeds out of the competition with your other plants.
Focus on monster weeds first (e.g. blackberry, gorse, and huge thistles). Cut them down as much as you can, then use one of the organic weed control methods you know.
Any new growth should be attacked at once. This means applying organic weed killers multiple times to lessen re-growing weeds.
Do your organic weed control on a sunny day. The heat from the sun helps certain ingredients, such as vinegar, in burning weeds more effectively.
Cover the plants you dont want to harm.
As much as possible, avoid the soil and direct organic weed killers on the weeds only.
Organic Weed Control Methods
If there are some weeds that are difficult to pull, water the soil surrounding them to make the ground softer. You can also try inserting a screwdriver or a knife to help loosen the roots before pulling.
Clover, crabgrass, and other low-growing weeds can be covered with layers of newspapers. The lack of sunlight is enough to stop the growth of weeds.
Pouring boiling water directly onto weeds is known to be effective in killing them.
Putting up physical barriers discourages the growth of new weeds and is considered as a long-lasting solution. Pressure-treated decking boards make perfect edgings that when placed next to each other create a wall that prevents weeds from getting through.
Rock salt or table salt, when sprinkled on garden paths, can help fight weeds. However, it causes your garden soil to become barren for a long time, which is why you must take great care to sprinkle it only on areas you intend to put it in.
Outnumber the Weeds
Weeds compete with your good plants, and the most natural way to keep them at bay is to plant more good plants. So in your planting schemes be sure to plant plenty of flowers, ground covers and garden crops that will naturally beat weeds for nutrients, water and sunlight. For those with lawns, keeping their lawn thick and healthy makes it less susceptible to weed infestation.