Getting rid of weeds can be tricky, because you want to do it without harming the Earth. No one wants weeds in their yard, as they can turn your beautiful garden into an okay-looking garden very quickly. Sadly, your plants, veggies, and herbs aren’t the only plants that grow in rich and moist soil. There are plenty of garden invaders which love this soil too.
Weeds steal space from your plants, but they also steal the nutrients in the soil. You can easily get rid of plant weeds using natural methods rather than harmful herbicides and chemicals. Try a few of these natural methods to get rid of weeds while protecting your garden.
- Boiling Water
If you have trouble with weeds growing in the cracks in your pathways, driveways, and patio, pour boiling water on the weeds. This literally burns them, killing them within a couple of hours.
- Corn Gluten Meal
This corn by-product is very effective at stopping seeds from growing into weeds. It does so by inhibiting germination, so spreading it around your established plants will prevents seedlings from growing.
Vinegar is an acid which can such the life out of weeds. Pour some vinegar into a spray bottle and spritz it onto the midsection and base of your plants. Normal white household vinegar is strong enough to kill the majority of weeds. However, if you have some stubborn weeds, industrial vinegar should do the trick.
Newspaper works by blocking oxygen and sunlight from getting to the soil. This prevents weeds from growing while smothering young weeds which have sprouted. All you need to do is place ten sheets of newspaper over the weeded area, wet the newspaper, and cover it with around an inch of mulch. Should any weeds start appearing through the mulch, use a few more newspaper layers.
- Old Carpet Samples and Shower Curtains
Rather than throwing away carpet samples and old shower curtains, place them in your garden path or in the area between your rows of plants where the weeds are growing. Once laid, cover the carpet or curtains with mulch. This will prevent the weeds from growing through while starving them of light and oxygen.
If you struggle with weeds, particularly dandelions, vodka may be just what you are looking for. Mix one part vodka with 16 parts water and a couple of drops of liquid dishwashing detergent, and place in a spray bottle. Spray the solution on the weeds at midday. The alcohol breaks down the wax which covers the weed’s leaves, leaving them to dehydrate in the sunlight. Note that this solution only works on weeds that are in direct sunlight.
Soap is made with oil that breaks down the waxy surface of weeds. When using the vinegar (#3) or vodka (#6) solution, add some liquid dish washing detergent. Not only does the soap help keep track of which plants you have sprayed by making their leaves shine, the soap also keeps ants and other insects away from your home.
NOTE: While the above tips here are all natural, it is still important that you protect the desired plants in your garden. Use some of the natural weed killer on a small area before doing the whole garden.