Weeds! The bane of every garden and every gardener’s nightmare. Chemical herbicides can be toxic and dangerous. So how do you get rid of weeds organically? Read on to learn about different weed removal methods.
Weed Removal Methods: Get on Your Knees
The surest and best way to organically get rid of these ugly trespassers is to pull them. Yep! Get down on your knees and get your hands dirty.
It connects you and the Earth. And it helps you to become familiar with the plants and flora you are nurturing. More than likely, your back will not thank you. But the aches and pains will lessen every time you look at your beautiful garden.
Tools specifically designed for digging weeds may have long or short handles. They come with a wide variety of heads for different kinds of weeds. If you are not sure gardening is your thing, or if you just need to spruce up a small space, tools can be purchased for a few dollars. With tools, you often “get what you pay for.” If you plan to spend a lot of time gardening, good tools are worth the investment.
Weed Removal Methods: Get Pickled
Vinegar is Nature’s go-to stuff. It can be used in dozens of applications around the home. Including as a non-selective, broad spectrum, contact herbicide. This means it is effective against nearly all plants when the vinegar is applied directly to the foliage.
It is most effective against younger plants. When using vinegar against biennial or perennial weeds, those coming back from their roots, multiple applications may be required. Take care not to overspray around the weed, as the vinegar can burn the leaves of desirable plants nearby. Make sure you don’t soak the ground around the weeds as this can have a detrimental effect on enzymes in the soil.
A simple recipe for vinegar herbicide uses one half gallon of vinegar mixed with a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid. Pickling vinegar is ideal because of its high acid content. And the dish soap helps the vinegar stick to the leaves. The mixture is sprayed carefully onto the weeds. For best results, it should be applied on a sunny day with no rain in the forecast. It may take a few days to see the full effect. Repeated uses are safe at weekly intervals.
Weed Removal Methods: Get Your Goat
Goats will eat nearly anything. Since a medium-sized herd can munch down several acres of weeds in a matter of days, they are becoming increasingly popular for weed control and fire mitigation. Goats are curious eaters and nothing within their reach is off limits.
If there are prize winning posies, or other favorites in the vicinity, barricade them heartily before turning the goats loose. With proper supervision, a herd can clean up your property, leaving no destruction in its wake. Using goats of different sizes assures that the herd will consume all the weeds, as each goat chooses plants according to its stature.
Make sure there are no city ordinances or HOA rules regarding the presence of livestock before you take on this method of weeding. If you do not have the facilities to keep goats, they may be available to rent locally.