Weeds can be a huge pain, but not if you're armed with simple tips to get rid of them. Use these 7 simple natural ways to kill weeds in your garden to keep it looking nice all Summer long.
Natural Ways to Kill Weeds in Your Garden
Here’s a scenario: You’ve started the most beautiful garden ever this year. Prepped the ground, mapped out a flawless layout, everything is perfect. You sit back and watch your babies start to grow, walking among them, pulling the occasional weed, making sure they have the right amount of water, sunlight and, of course, a weed-free environment. Then it happens. You get up one day and find some naughty weed has not only just made it’s way into your zen zone, but it’s brought its weedy friends. You don’t want to poison your precious garden in the process of ridding yourself of these pests, so what do you do?
Check out this list of 7 natural ways to kill weeds in your garden to help you out with just that.
7 Natural Ways to Kill Weeds in Your Garden
1. Pull, Pull, Pull If You Can
Just because they’re digging in their roots like it’s their very existence that depends on it...oh, wait, it does! Okay, so just because they’re digging their roots in deep doesn’t mean you just give up on the most natural way to kill them. Pull, pull, pull if you can. It may be a bit more difficult. You will need to prep the ground with some water, or wait until right after a good rain, then use a screwdriver or a knife and work the roots out. This is the most surefire way to remove the whole weed and not do any harm to your garden.
2. Boil Them
Another surefire way to kill the weeds, naturally, is to simply boil them. Boiling water can kill most anything if hot enough. You can either heat up some water on the stove specifically for them or if you don’t mind recycling water, you can use the leftover boiling water from noodles, potatoes, etc. and pour that over the weeds. Make sure to keep right on top of them and pour enough to catch the roots so they don’t grow back.
Vinegar is a natural cleansing tool for so many daily activities. This rings true, too, for weeds. Use a spray bottle with a direct stream available on the nozzle. Vinegar is very potent and will kill anything it touches, so ensuring the stream only touches the weed will keep your other plants safe. Also, make sure to do this when there is no rain, preferably a sunny, dry day is best.
Unlike vinegar, salt is meant to be used when there is a chance of getting it wet. To use this method for killing weeds, place some salt at the base of the weed either on a day it is supposed to rain, or shortly before watering your garden. This, too, can kill everything it touches, so be careful not to get any on your other plants, or even on your grass. It will kill everything within the soil on the spot you place it and will remain in the soil for a while.
5. Mulch It Up
A method you could use, to protect your garden once you've pulled the weeds or used one of the other methods above, is to mulch it up. This won’t help kill weeds that have already grown, but it will deter others from growing. It is completely natural since it’s made from wood and also helps keep the ground more habitable for your growing beauties.
6. Baking Soda
Baking soda is another way to add sodium to the soil and kill the offending weed. It has the same effects as salt and should be used, like salt, when the ground is moistest. Unlike salt, which is applied strictly to the base of the weed, you will want to coat the entire weed in the baking soda. Make sure to get all the leaves and a good layer of it on the stem of the weed. Using a discarded paintbrush, toothbrush, or rag, wipe it all over. Be careful, again, not to contaminate the useful growth around it.
7. Preparation is Key
No matter the method you choose to kill your weeds, keep in mind that prepping the soil properly can greatly cut back the amount of weeds in your garden or even eliminate that headache altogether. Newspaper or a weed barrier can help keep those pesky growths away so you don’t have to worry about breaking your back getting rid of them. Also consider using a weed and feed type fertilizer to help prevent before the weeds start growing. Always remember when gardening that preparation is key.
So, back to our scenario! Only, this time, you are armed with some extra tools. Now, you’ve added a bit more care to your garden ahead of walking out and seeing weeds one fateful morning. This time, there may only be a few weak weeds littered around. You take a sip of your coffee, grab up one of the 7 ways to kill weeds in your garden, and get rid of them without any anxiety. Enjoy!
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