If you are like most gardeners one of your worst enemies are the dreaded weeds that slowly take over your garden. There are many ways to get rid of weeds but if you’re concerned about using poisonous chemicals or don’t want to spend your days picking weeds here are a few natural ways to combat weeds in your garden. You most likely already have them readily available in your home.
Pre-Treat Weeds (Soap & Water)
Plants have a natural layer that protects them from negative outside influences. To break this barrier layer you can pre-spray weeds with a mixture of water and soap. Mix together two cups of water and a few drops of dish soap in a spray bottle and spray this on the weeds. This will greatly enhance the effectiveness of any treatment listed below you decide to apply.
Lemon Juice & Vinegar Solution
Weeds absolutely detest acid. That’s why most traditional weed-killing products contain acid. Just mix two tablespoons of lemon juice and one cup of white vinegar to get the same effect. Spray this mixture directly on weeds in order to kill them. This method won’t affect the soil, so you won’t risk killing other plants and flowers.
Sprinkle a teaspoon of baking soda onto the weed you want to remove, especially around the base of the weed. This will also prevent any other weeds from growing there in the future. Great for driveways, sidewalks, patio stones etc..
This method simply dries weeds out. Take a spray bottle and mix two cups of water and one tablespoon of pure alcohol (96%). Spray directly on weeds. This will cause the plants to dry out. Very simple solution!
This is another good method to dry the weeds in sunny areas where no other plants are around. Mix 1oz. Vodka with 2 cups of water and a couple drops of dish soap will dry the weeds out that live in the sun. Protect surrounding plants because vodka will dry them out, too.
By pouring boiling water over weeds, they’ll burn and the roots will die. Be sure to only use this method in a spot without any other plants in the immediate area.
Corn Meal (Preventing Weeds)
Prevent weeds from sprouting in the first place using corn meal. Corn gluten kills seedlings before they appear above ground. Sprinkle corn meal over a garden or flowerbed to prevent more weeds from growing. This method does not kill existing weeds instead it attacks them in the ground. Mix some corn meal in your soil when transplanting to help preventing weeds from growing in the first place. As an added benefit when corn meal breaks down it provides your plants with much needed nitrogen.