A weed is an undesirable pesky plant that grows or sprouts out in the wrong places. If you are tired or fed up with weeds and do not want to use chemicals to eliminate the weeds, then you may consider the following natural ways to inhibit weed growth.
1. Roll out weed control landscape fabric.
Do not sit and wait for the weeds to grow. Weed control should commence way before you see them or before their appearance right at the preparation stage of the garden for planting. How to achieve this is by spreading down the landscape fabric, which is a material intended to obstruct weed seed buried in the soil from growing or germinating and conserving the soil moisture or keeping the soil from desiccating out. The barrier prevents undesirable plants from germinating in the first place.
2. Use of mulch
Mulch is a stress-free fix and can be used with or without the landscape fabric, It helps retain soil moisture, keeps the soil cool and blocks light that is a necessity for weeds to grow. Have it at least two crawls deep and off your lawn as it will also destroy your beautiful grass. Materials that can be used as much include sawdust, a tattered old newspaper, leaves, silage/ hay or straw. As the materials rot or decompose, they also nourish the soil which serves as an added advantage that no gardener should miss.
3. Decapitate them.
Prepare to dirty your hands by mowing the weeds down though this does not eliminate the weeds with perennial roots. The other option is pulling off their heads to ensure that the weed seeds do not spread to the soil and re-germinate.
4. Pour boiling water on them.
Also known as the heat method. Start by boiling a kettle of hot water as I find this as the most fascinating weed killer method. This works really fine on fledgeling weeds as it transfers heat energy to the weeds and distorts their cells. The outcomes are immediate. You can supplement by adding a tablespoon of rock salt to the boiling water as it is even more in effect.
5. Use of vinegar and soap
Vinegar is not only useful in your salad dressing, but it can also be used as a weed control method. The five per cent acetic acid is a hygroscopic substance used as a dehydrating agent that sucks out life out of the leaves. It is more vicious to undeveloped young plants with not fully formed roots, though it just rolls off weeds with waxy or oily leaves, for example, the thistle or penny-wort. On the other hand, oil in soap can breakdown waxy weed leaves, making them susceptible to the desiccants. You can add little drops of liquid dish cleanser to vinegar and spray. The soap also makes the leaves glossy which helps you to identify what you’ve already splattered. Make sure you cover popular vegetables or grass before spraying as vinegar will have the same negative effect on the veggies.
In conclusion, it is easy to stay in a weed-free garden or compound by using homemade organic weed killers as described above.