Earth Friendly Weed Control

by Jacki
(Grand Forks, B.C.)

Earth Friendly Weed Control

Earth Friendly Weed Control

Sure. It's easy enough to spray weeds with deadly chemicals like glyphosate. This kills them after being absorbed into the leaves and ending up in the roots. Every other plant exposed to overspray dies too - along with any insects and the micro herd that's in the way.

Here are a few earth friendly weed control methods that don't impact innocent bystanders, or poison the soil and the critters that live in it;

  • Solarization. This is a method of heating the soil under plastic to kill pathogens, weeds and (if it's hot enough) weed seeds. This is a great method to use when you're preparing a new planting bed and you want to get rid of everything and start with a clean slate.

  • Propane torch method. This one is from Amazon; One Shot BB-100 Propane Torch for Ice, Weeds and Asphalt

  • The upside down nursery pot method; this is good for single weeds that are hard to remove with other systems. I use this for killing orchard grass in the middle of a bed where digging would disturb desirable plants that are already established.

  • Vinegar is used as a less harmful alternative to chemical herbicides. Keep in mind that it's still a chemical, and can kill off the plants you want to keep as well. Use with caution.

  • Lasagna gardening or sheet composting. Piling up layers of compostable materials will smother weeds and prevent them from growing. Depriving them of light is a sure fire way to get rid of them permanently.

  • Mulching, with newspaper, cardboard or carpet, then covering that with organic compost, wood chips, bark, straw or other organic material is a good permanent solution in established beds, or on pathways.

    Choose one or more of these Earth Friendly Weed Control methods to keep your garden relatively weed free - don't forget to leave some flowering weeds in a corner for the pollinators!

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