Many gardeners have been utilizing natural means to control weeds in their vegetable gardens and flower beds. In this article, we will look at the best home remedies and organic methods to get the job done.
Here’s how to get rid of weeds naturally.
1. Pull the Roots Out by Hand
One of the easiest ways to get rid of weeds organically from your lawn and vegetable garden is to pull the roots out by hand.
Weeds can be difficult to pull out of the ground. There is also the risk of damaging the root systems of the flowers and plants you want to keep.
To avoid this, it’s best to pull them out when the ground is moist. Also, pull slowly. Pulling by hand is also the best way to get rid of weeds without killing grass.
Mulch helps to keep the soil cool and moist. You can also use it to reduce weed seed germination as it prevents them from receiving sunlight.
Even better, if you make use of organic mulch, you invite such helpful insects as crickets and carabid beetles which feed on weed seeds.
3. Hot Water
Pouring hot water on weeds will kill them. They will wither and die in 24 to 48 hours. This natural weed killer option requires no additional tools or ingredients.
When properly layered, newspapers will stop light from passing through. Without sunlight, the weeds will be unable to continue growing while also stopping any new ones from springing up.
After laying down the wet newspaper on the weeds, cover it with a layer or two of mulch to further block sunlight. As a bonus, as the newspaper breaks down, it adds nutrients to the soil, so it’s a two-for-one deal for your vegetable garden.
5. Essential Oils
Some essential oils can help stop weeds from taking over your garden, flower bed, or driveway.
Oils such as peppermint and clove are good at killing weeds. Follow the recipe here to make a homemade essential oil herbicide.
To eliminate weeds with vinegar, combine one gallon of household white vinegar with a tablespoon of organic liquid soap in a spray bottle.
Next, shake well and spray affected areas. This vinegar solution is an excellent home remedy to kill weeds and grass naturally.
Combine 2 tablespoons of liquid soap, one ounce of vodka, and 2 cups of warm water in a spray bottle. Use this to coat the leaves and roots of the weeds.
The soap will let the solution stick to the plants and the vodka will remove the waxy coating from the leaves, causing them to dry out.
Of course, you want to exercise caution when using flammable devices. Using a small blowtorch, spread the flame, being very careful to target only what you want to eradicate.
9. Lemon Juice
You can also use the juice of lemons as a cost-effective organic weed control remedy. Besides, it works relatively quickly — in one or two days.
Add enough lemon juice into a spray bottle and begin coating the weeds. The citric acid in it will burn the weeds, causing them to wilt and dry up.
10. Don’t Give Them Space
By planting flowers close enough, you should rarely have weed problems.
For example, Walker’s Low Catmint is a gorgeous perennial that boasts lavender-blue flowers. Because it grows thickly, there will be hardly any space for weeds to develop.
11. Corn Gluten Meal
Corn gluten meal can stop weed seeds from germinating . Additionally, it will act as a great organic fertilizer because it contains nitrogen.
12. DIY Herbicidal Spray
This homemade herbicide spray uses vinegar and Epsom salt.
Mix Epsom salt with vinegar at a ratio of 1:6 until the salt dissolves completely. It doesn’t matter which brand of Epsom salt you use. You can also add a tablespoon of organic liquid soap.
Spray this natural herbicide directly on weeds, whether they are on sidewalks, between pavers, in gravel, or in your garden. Reapply a few times to achieve permanent results.
13. Use Goats
Another way to get rid of a yard full of weeds without using harmful chemicals is to use goats.
Goats can reach almost any area they want, and best of all, they’ll till the soil with their hooves as they move. However, it’s best to use these animals before planting, lest they mistake your harvest for a tasty treat.
14. Cover Crops
These are plants that are planted to cover the soil. Cover crops can block sunlight from weeds and steal their nutrients.
The farmer then turns these crops under the soil when the time comes to plant food crops. Great cover crops include alfalfa, cowpea, buckwheat, oats, and rye.
15. Soil Solarization
Soil solarization uses heat from the sun to fry weeds and their seeds . It will also destroy bad organisms in the soil.
For the process, wet bare soil thoroughly with water before covering it over with clear plastic. Next, sink the edges of the plastic into the soil so air doesn’t get in.
Finally, let it sit for over four weeks in the hot sun before removing the plastic.
Just be careful when using this method as it’s entirely indiscriminate. You may wind up killing beneficial organisms as well as harmful ones.
16. Avenger Weed Killer
This product is made from all-natural ingredients. Avenger is OMRI-listed, fast-acting, and an excellent contact herbicide.
To make a homemade weed killer using borax, combine 8 ounces of borax with two gallons of water in a spray container.
Shake well and coat troublesome areas. However, try to only saturate the weeds and not the soil.
18. WeedGuard Plus
WeedGuard Plus is an organic alternative to landscape fabric that stands an excellent chance of preventing weeds from attaining the light they need to grow.
This special fabric is designed to smother weed seeds before they get a chance to germinate. It’s also 100% biodegradable and fairly easy to apply.
19. Harvest and Eat Them
Some weeds can be eaten as vegetables. Besides, there are likely many of these edible weeds growing in your garden and backyard. Instead of destroying them, utilize those wild edible plants in salads and other dishes.
Weeds can be very difficult to deal with. Moreover, they take up space in your garden and their roots suck up nutrients from the soil, starving your plants. Try the home remedies and natural methods above to get rid of them.