Whether you have a green thumb or you’re a beginning gardener, there’s one battle you’ll always have to face: the one against weeds!
In stores or TV commercials, there is a multitude of weed killers. You are bombarded with tons of options! And you don't know what to do.
Also, these weed killers are full of mysterious and artificial ingredients ... Chemicals and ingredients that we don't know ...
To preserve the environment and for our health, we tend to choose products with more natural ingredients. But once again, we can not always rely on labels called "organic" ... So, what can we do?
The television presenter Bob Vila (Home Improvement) and the Tiphero website have compiled a list of 12 all-natural, homemade weed killers:
Vinegar is a bit the superhero in a house. It can almost fight everything! Take it out on a sunny, windless day and aim it at the weeds. (Do not hit your favorite flowers). The natural herbicide will work effectively!
Homemade herbicidal soap
Want to increase the properties of your vinegar? Mix it with salt and dish soap to create a powerful herbicidal soap spray.
Here is another DIY staple you can use! Add 10 ounces (283 g) to 2 ½ gallons of water. Mix well and spray onto the weeds.
The boiling water
Weeds have something in common with us: they do not like being scalded at all. So pour boiling water directly on each weed to kill them!
We are not talking about causing a fire! But you can use a "special torch" to wilt them, being careful not to heat the plants you like. The water in the cells of the weeds will dry and the pests will die.
There’s a reason if so many historical gardens feature lawn edgings and raised "beds". This kill weeds. Make your own barricades with pieces of treated wood.
Have you ever heard the phrase "salt the earth?". It's Because salt makes the soil uninhabitable. To use its weed-killing-power without hurting the rest of your garden, all you have to do is put a small pinch at the base of each weed. The rain will dilute it after a while, and the weeds will die.
Mulch does not have a decorative function! It forms a barrier against weeds, preventing their seeds from finding the soil necessary for their growth and deprives the already-planted weeds from getting the sun they need to grow.
Give your mulch a boost with old newspapers! Wet them, then lay a thick layer under the mulch. They will prevent weeds from getting the sunlight and will invite helpful earth worms into your garden.
To kill weeds, we can smother them! To do so, plant enough flowers and plants, so weeds won't be able to grow!
To stop weeds before they even start, think of cornmeal. The proteins it contains prevent germination and seed growth.
The easiest way to get rid of weeds is also the most old-fashioned ... just pull them up!