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How to get Rid of Weeds: the sustainable approach

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“Weeds” by ChodHound is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Is there an effective way to get rid of weeds, which is also eco-friendly and cheap? The answer is yes: there are several ways. You’ll be tempted to pay for spraying your yard – which will surely provide faster results but there are cons. 1. The cost. 2. The impact on environment.

As a sustainability oriented company, we recommend trying the following methods, which will take a bit longer to bring results, but will benefit both the environment, and your pockets.

Mulching: the best weed Removal

Organic mulch, when spread in your flower beds, will prevent the sunlights from feeding any weed, therefore blocking their growth. This is by far the simplest solution. We begin laying mulch in winter, and see no weed growth in the yards were it was applied. It is recommended to choose 1/4 to 1 1/2 inches in size, as larger gaps between all the mulch particles may still allow weeds to grow.

Organic Weed Removal Remedies

CORN GLUTEN MEAL WEED CONTROL:

This is a great pre-emergent herbicide, it’s not effective for post-weed control. It works against crabgrass and dandelions, and at the same time, fertilizes your soil. Isn’t that wonderful? The way corn gluten works is that it prevents rooting after germination. Be careful though, plan to use this remedy at a time of the year which doesn’t normally come with too much rain. Wet conditions can interfere with the process. Application instructions: 60 lbs per 1000 sq ft.

 

SALT & WATER AGAINST WEEDS:

This method simply dries up plant tissue. Spray the salt/water mix directly on grown weeds. This method works through a process called osmosis (“the spontaneous passage or diffusion of water or other solvents through a semipermeable membrane”). Please be careful: salt damages the soil and it’s knows to disrupt its fertility. For this reason, this method must be used very carefully, in areas which do not have other plants.

BORAX SPRAY WEED KILLER:

Let’s go through this popular home-made remedy againt weeds. Yes, just like in the washing powder. Borax contains the chemical called “boron”, which is a plant nutrient. It’s reported to be very effective against ground ivy and clover, but too weak to kill your turf grass, hence making it a great herbicide. However, please note that too many applications of borax can damage the soil. Also, it’s not clear whether or not this remedy will migrate some chemicals into the soil, therefore, we do not recommend it.

USE ECO-FRIENDLY HERBICIDES:

If you are really determined to use herbicides, make sure to go for less harmful ones or even better, organic ones. You can find indications on this page.

Last but not least:

WEED REMOVAL BY HAND:

This is by far the most effective and eco-friendly method of dealing with unwanted weeds. Tiring and difficult for sure: Our Lawns does it routinely during our yard clean-ups and premium lawn care services. So do not worry. We’re here to help you out.

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