How Can I Control Weeds Without Chemicals? - Rhine Landscaping

How Can I Control Weeds Without Chemicals?

Weed control is a crucial aspect of any garden. But chemicals can often harm your plants, not to mention the impact those chemicals have on the environment, as well. So what are your options? You can’t let weeds overtake your garden, strangling your flowers, vegetables, and other plants.

Before you go dismissing the idea of chemical-less weed control and prevention, take a look at these weed control methods. When used in conjunction with one another, these components will help you on your way to a weed-free garden.

Yes, it will be tough work, but it will be well worth it. And these tips will help to make the job a little easier. We want you to work smarter, not harder.

  1. Laying a good foundation is of the utmost importance. And by “foundation” we mean the state of the ground where your plants will be growing.
  2. Killing Weeds through Soil Solarization, which is a preventative, organic method of weed control.
  3. Lay Landscape Fabrics.
  4. The final element in a good “foundation” is the application of garden mulch on top of the landscape fabric.
  5. Pre-Emergent and Post-Emergent Organic Herbicides. Pre-Emergent herbicides attack annual weeds at the source (their seeds), before the plant has a chance to sprout. Corn gluten is a pre-emergent herbicide used for weed control without chemicals. Remember, corn gluten will inhibit the seed of “good” plants from germinating, too, so don’t use it in planting beds where you’re starting plants from seed. Post-emergent herbicides are applied after the weed as begun to poke through the soil. Household vinegar is effective against young weeds. The higher the percentage of acetic acid in the vinegar, the better.
  6. Pulling weeds embedded in mulch is not nearly as difficult as pulling weeds embedded in soil.

If you follow these simple suggestions, your garden will (hopefully) be weed and chemical free.

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Source:

http://landscaping.about.com/od/weedsdiseases/a/organic_yards.htm

 

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