Herbicides… yuck!! The thought of spraying florasulam and glyphosate around the yard is abhorrent to you.
As an alternative, let’s look at 4 commonly practiced alternative methods. They’re not necessarily as fast-acting but are effective and completely safe — except for the weeds, of course.
You can use household vinegar to kill weeds. Vinegar is actually 5% acetic acid. There are stronger vinegars which can be found and would be more effective — but if you use them incorrectly, they may damage the soil.
A good combination is vinegar combined with liquid dish soap. Re-application will be necessary and the process is best done during dry weather.
For a good tutorial on using vinegar check out the video below:
2. By Hand
Tried and true, and what could be more simple? (if not a trifle backbreaking)
Manual removal is very efficient if you follow a few simple rules. In the spring, when you first see weed seedlings sprouting, hoe them out and leave them on the surface of the bed to dry out. Always choose a calm, dry day for this task or the seedlings will re-root!
Annual weeds like dandelions should be forked up well before they produce seeds, pull them out and dispense of them so they don’t get a chance to settle back down!
40 lbs of prevention is worth a whole lot of cure.
You can buy organic weed and feed, products that change the chemistry of the soil, to prevent weeds from germinating. Also here’s a do-it-yourself video which gives advice on this type of preventative lawncare.
4. The Kettle
It’s not just for sadistically destroying ant colonies that have taken over your backyard now — boiling water is a very effective means of spot weed control, too.
It will cook and kill your weeds so it’s especially good for weeds popping up in your driveway or sidewalks. Care must be taken not to kill neighboring plant life as boiling water, for all its wonderfulness, can’t exactly distinguish between good plant/bad plant.
Why Bother With Natural Weed Control?
We all hate weeding. And on top of that, many of us hate the chemicals used in weed killer products.
Using a combination of the above methods is not difficult, is very inexpensive and safe for our soil and neighboring animals. If you can fight your weeds on a regular basis, over time they will diminish and the struggle won’t be so daunting and time consuming.
Then you’ll have much more time available to do the things you really love… like cutting your grass.