Table of Contents
- 1 Controlling Weeds Without Nasty Chemicals
- 1.1 Protecting Yourself With Garden Gloves
- 1.2 Unsightly Weeds In Your Garden
- 1.3 Reducing Your Weed Problem
- 1.4 Weed Control Fabric Covered With Mulch
- 1.5 Applying Mulch On Flower Beds
- 1.6 Creeping Thyme Helping To Control Weeds On Pathways
- 1.7 Making It Easier For Your Garden To Retain Nutrients
- 1.8 Grow Your Own Organic Fruit, Vegetables And Herbs
Controlling Weeds Without Nasty Chemicals
Controlling weeds without chemicals is essential, if you wish to keep your organic garden free of chemicals, including herbicides and pesticides. By keeping your eyes open, you can review your options and see when weeds are starting to sprout and you can pull them out before they grow too big. Another option is to purchase weed control fabric and mulch from your local nursery. This method will prevent many weeds from sprouting.
Weeds are a pest and if you let them take over your garden, then your garden plants will have to compete against them for nutrients in order to grow. Some weeds may even be poisonous against your plants. This is why you need to make efforts to control the weeds in your garden, without the use of toxic chemicals.
Protecting Yourself With Garden Gloves
When you work in your garden, you should always wear garden gloves, especially when you are making efforts to control weeds, as some of the weeds may be poisonous to your skin and to other plants in your garden. Just like a doctor wears surgical gloves before he performs a medical procedure, you should always wear garden gloves every time you are in the garden.
Protecting yourself against nasty weeds, is one of the basic steps you can take when controlling weeds.
Unsightly Weeds In Your Garden
If you have a garden of any size, you probably do not look forward to pulling the inevitable yearly crop of weeds. Not only are they unsightly, but weeds leach valuable nutrients from your desirable landscape plants. Out of sheer frustration, you may be tempted to exterminate them with a commercial herbicide.
However, your conscience may be pricked with the nagging knowledge that you’re putting poisonous chemicals into your garden, contributing to the further degradation of our common environment.
Nevertheless, you’ve got to get a handle on controlling weeds if you’re to have an attractive garden of flourishing plants. While weeds are the gardener’s bane, there is a practical solution which doesn’t harm the environment or pose a potential threat to kids and pets.
Reducing Your Weed Problem
This solution to controlling weeds takes discipline, patience, and persistence, but does not necessarily involve a great deal of time out of your daily schedule. Of course, you’ll never completely eradicate these garden parasites – an afternoon breeze can bring a new flock from across the road to do their thing: sprouting and growing into new weeds. However, there are a number of techniques you can employ to minimize the weed problem.
Most landscaping designs include trees, shrubs and perennial plantings, such as rose bushes and ornamentals. In between these plantings, you’ll most likely have bare ground, a perfect breeding place for weeds. There are a couple of attractive ways of controlling weeds in this situation.
Weed Control Fabric Covered With Mulch
You can use weed control fabric, available at any nursery in rolls you can cut to size. Weed control fabric consists of closely and finely woven, usually nylon, netting. This effectively captures the heat of the sun and smothers the wannabe weeds. However, you do want to leave the ground around the plant’s drip line uncovered, both for watering and feeding.
A generous 3-inch layer of mulch, such as redwood chips, is another effective weed killer. You can also combine the two, using the weed control fabric as the base, and covering the fabric with the mulching material. Either of these two methods – the combination works best – can cut your weeding tasks significantly.
Applying Mulch On Flower Beds
For flower beds, it’s not usually practical to fit weed control fabric in between each plant, but you can easily mulch those beds. Mulching provides a unified look to the garden and also makes it easy to spot any vagrant weeds which may pop up.
With just these few steps, your remaining efforts in controlling weeds are minimal. For the few areas of your garden still vulnerable to weeds, you can spend perhaps an hour each week, pulling out the few weeds that make it to the seedling stage. Here’s a great idea, especially if you’re short on time. Get the kids involved, offering a bounty for every bucket of weeds they collect. They’ll be happy with what amounts to additional allowance money.
Creeping Thyme Helping To Control Weeds On Pathways
Another place weeds tend to crop up is between paving stones on pathways. Controlling weeds here can be a tedious chore, as some weeds seem to appear just at the edge of the stones, hiding their roots underneath. One elegant solution is to plant a low-growing ground cover, such as creeping thyme, between the stones. This makes a fragrant and lovely solution.
Whenever you pull up a weed, never ever dump it in with your compost or leave it to dry where pulled. These dead weeds will eventually show up – at least some of them – in your now almost weed-free garden. Bag them up in a plastic garden trash bag and let them cook! Then haul them off to a disposal site. Controlling weeds is not so difficult or time-consuming after all!
Making It Easier For Your Garden To Retain Nutrients
By using these steps to control weeds, you are making it easier to grow plants in your garden and flower beds. Helping your plants retain the nutrients, rather than being stolen by intruders like weeds. You are then rewarded for your efforts, with pesticide and chemical free vegetables, fruit and herbs, helping to enrich your meals in the family home.
If you have been eating fruit and vegetable bought from the food store, you may start to realize all the taste and flavors you have been missing once you start eating organic produce grown in your garden. You may have not realized what these fruits really taste like, as many fruit and vegetables are treated with chemicals in farms.
Grow Your Own Organic Fruit, Vegetables And Herbs
Although you can buy certified organic fruit and vegetables in many food stores, you will feel you have made the effort to control the weeds in your garden, and therefore you do not need to buy as much organic produce, by growing your own organic produce in your garden.
After all, when you are taking your time to ensure everything grows chemical free, then you do not need to use chemicals for controlling weeds.