There is nothing worse than weeds taking over your garden, but when it comes to lawn care, getting rid of the weeds is one of the most time consuming, frustrating tasks. Are you fed up with unwanted weed infestations killing your plants and vegetables, but you don’t want to resort to using harsh chemicals to get rid of them? Fortunately, there are several ways to get rid of them naturally. Here are just a few natural ways to get rid of your weed infestation and still have a healthy, chemical-free garden.
Pull Them Out
This is by far one of the most natural ways to rid your garden of weeds, unfortunately, it is also one of the most time consuming. However, if you stay on top of pulling them, the task will get easier each time. The best time for weed pulling is when the ground is moist, so try to pull them immediately after watering the garden. It is also best to pull root and all out, but be sure to wear a pair of gloves so you don’t get stuck with thistles and thorns. Once you have them all pulled out, add them to the compost pile or some, such as purslane and dandelions taste great when cleaned and added to your favorite salad.
To make a safe, chemical-free herbicide simply fill a spray bottle with 2 cups of vinegar, ½ cup of salt and about !/2 teaspoon of liquid dish soap. Stir the ingredients well to make sure the salt dissolves. It is best to only use this solution in areas away from your flower and vegetable gardens. For example, spray the solution around the foundation of your home and cracks in the driveway and walkways.
Corn gluten meal is basically a corn by-product, but it prevents germination of seeds, preventing them from growing into weeds. The best way to use corn gluten meal is to lightly spread it around the base of already established plants (after your transplants and seedlings have taken hold). After you harvest the garden, spread the corn gluten meal in the area just harvested to prevent the growth of late-season weeds.
Give Them a Shot
A shot of Vodka that is. If you struggle with weeds in a garden that gets a lot of sun, mix 1-ounce of vodka, 2-cups of water and ½ teaspoon of liquid dish soap in a spray bottle. The vodka will dry the weeds out, causing them to die. Once the weeds are dead, pull them out to prevent regrowth. Make sure to protect the surrounding plants because the vodka will also dry them out.
If you are starting a garden from scratch, it is often helpful to clear the garden bed and lay a piece of landscaping plastic over the ground before planting. The covering will help to smother weeds and prevent them from sprouting up and through your garden. If you have an already established garden, try placing newspapers, old shower curtains or even old carpet samples throughout the garden to smother weeds and prevent growth.
Whether you need more information on how to naturally get rid of weeds or it’s time to get new lawn equipment, visit Ralph Helm Inc. Lawn Equipment Center, our staff will be happy to help you with all of your landscaping concerns.