I’ve been experimenting with different ways to get rid of unwanted weeds – organically.
Weeds are not the fun part of keeping a garden or having a yard. Pulling them can be a pain in the…back. Literally. Enough so, that it’s tempting to turn to the strong stuff. The last two times I’ve been to the garden center, the Roundup has been flying off the shelf! Roundup is toxic. Roundup comes with a warning label. Roundup is a curse word in most green circles. So, Roundup is definitely not for the organic gardener. Not to mention, that stuff’s not cheap! Go Green and Save Green with these organic methods for ridding your yard and garden of weeds:
The first method to organically rid your yard of weeds is to spray the weeds with vinegar. I added straight vinegar to a spray bottle and went to town on the weeds that are coming up in the rocks by my front sidewalk.
As you can see, it does work….to a degree. I feel like I inflicted some damage but failed to deliver a killing blow. I think it would require mass amounts of vinegar to knock these guys out! I’d reserve this method for small scale weed problems.
The second method to try to kill weeds organically is to use boiling water.
Using a tea kettle, I brought water to the boiling point, then poured it over the weeds. **Here’s a little helpful hint for you – water poured from a high distance tends to splash your feet. Boiling water does not feel good on your feet!** But look how well it worked! I was very impressed with this method. The biggest downfall is that it requires a lot of water – so it involves several trips to the stove. But, if your weed problem is minor – give this method a whirl!
Finally, use an organic weed barrier to kill grass that is growing as a weed.
I have grass where I don’t want grass. In fact, we pulled out a huge section of lawn and xeriscaped the area. However, no one seems to have informed the grass that it is no longer welcome in these sections of the yard. I spend hours pulling the grass out week after week after week. Not this year. This year I’ve formed an organic barrier using biodegradeable material I had on hand. Since the material is biodegradeable, I do know that I will be doing this job again. But instead of needing to pull the grass again in another week, I won’t need to redo the organic weed barrier again for several years. Oh yes. That is more like it!
First, I raked the mulch away. Then I covered the grass and soil with cardboard and newspapers.
Then I replaced the mulch.
The weed barrier will keep the grass from coming back and I haven’t had to purchase any expensive weed barrier material or add anything toxic to my yard. This method gets the triple thumbs up in my book!
Have you used any organic methods to kill weeds? What has worked for you?