Weeds are eye sores, that is a given. It depreciates the visual stimulation your property can emanate. Thus, you might be enforced to implement the quickest weed control solution – using chemically-produced herbicides. Replace this anti-environment practice by looking out for other ways to control weed growth. You might be surprised to find that some effective materials are actually right in your own cupboards.
Killing weeds without help from artificial products may be pre-supposed right away as too tasking or labor-intensive. While the latter assumption may be true in most cases, it is way more important to care for the environment. By far, the cheapest eco-friendly solution is to manually pull off weeds on a regular basis. Typically, such method can keep weeds at bay for about two weeks. While this may be the most inexpensive weed control method, it may be the most demanding as well. Thus, you might find more comfort by knowing simple yet very effective measures such as below:
Table salt is perhaps the most common ingredient in every home because of its magnificent capability to liven up any dish. What makes this ingredient all the more special is that it can be used to combat weeds. Just sprinkle an ample amount of salt in cracks, crevices, gaps or pavers where weeds grow. As the salt melts, it creates an unbearable condition for weeds.
Wet newspapers, mulch or compost when applied on the top layer of your garden beds can suffocate weeds. These materials must be at least 3 to 4 inches thick so they can be more effective in smothering weeds. On the other hand, be careful in choosing your mulch or compost as some types rather provide an environment where weeds can thrive.
Horticultural vinegar is also an effective herbicide while it does not produce harmful effects to the atmosphere. Some homeowners have already used plain white vinegar in controlling weeds, but they only ended up being confronted with springing weeds in about a week after the application. This is because plain white vinegar only has 5% concentration, while horticultural vinegar is four times more concentrated, making it more powerful. It has sufficient strength to burn shoots and roots of weeds. Then again, be careful in using this. Do not pour it very near in delicate plants like petunias, as they can also be killed.
Clove oil or other citric oil products also have the same weed fighting properties as the previous material, but it has less concentration. In picking out this item, check its contents as some of its ingredients may be active agents that promote weed growth.
One measure a lot of homeowners now use for preventive purposes is to use corn gluten meal. It is proven to successfully hinder germination or further multiplication of weeds. It has components that can immediately block weed roots systems. And its added capability to serve as fertilizer as it allows nitrogen to go back into the soil makes it a favorable option.
If you decide to try out one or more of the above mentioned methods, be sure to implement each one with a few weeks interval. This is important because some components of these items may actually destroy the pH balance of your soil, making it inhabitable even by your own plants.
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