Oh, no, here we go again. You have put so much time and effort into creating a beautiful garden and landscaping for your yard and walkways. Everything looks fantastic. But now, they’re back – those annoying, destructive, ugly WEEDS! Now you’re going to have to crawl around on your hands and knees yanking these pests up without destroying the life you have been cultivating.
Or do you? As it turns out, there are a number of simple ways you can eliminate those pesky weeds, and you don’t have to break your back, knees and wrists to do it. Let’s look at 10 ways you can eliminate weeds.
#10 Baking Soda
This is especially effective for your paved walkways, driveways and patio. Put a handful of baking soda over the area and sweep it into the cracks. The sodium in the baking soda will keep weeds from re-appearing in those cracks.
Are dandelions driving you mad? Vinegar is an excellent way to get rid of them. Put apple cider vinegar or white vinegar in a spray bottle and spray the dandelions with it. Spray a single spray into the flower, and another one on the stem near the ground so it can soak down to the root. This will take a couple of days, so if it rains the day after the vinegar treatment, give the weed another treatment the next day.
This is a very effective weed-killer. Like other methods, you need to take care to not put it on the things you want to grow. You can either sprinkle salt directly on the weeds and let the next rain wash them away, or you can boil 2 cups of water with 1 cup of salt and pour the solution directly on the weeds.
#7 Carpet scraps
Weeds are just like other forms of life – without access to sunlight and oxygen, they have a hard time growing. If you have a walkway that isn’t paved, you can use carpet scraps with mulch on the under-side to create a walkway and kill the weeds underneath at the same time. You can also substitute newspaper – put down 10 layers, water it, and cover it with mulch.
The magic of mulch is that it prevents weeds from getting enough light. It keeps the soil cool and most, which improves the environment for plant growth. Organic mulch especially attracts crickets and beetles – and these are your friends. These little creatures feast on weed seeds, so they will be your allies in keeping weeds away.
This is another very effective method for killing weeds that grow in the cracks of the paved walkways. Simply pour a little bleach over the weeds. Give the bleach a day or two to kill the weeds, and then you can easily pull them out. Take care to ensure no bleach gets on any grass or plant you don’t want to kill.
This is a method that can ward off more than just weeds. With weeds in particular, it works best on the paved areas, as with baking soda. However, if you apply borax around the foundation of your home, you can ward off ants and other bugs. Extreme care is needed in the garden – borax is toxic to plants.
#3 Landscape Fabric
This material takes longer to decompose than mulch, so it requires less maintenance. This is another method that deprives weeds of the light they need to grow. It needs to be a fairly stiff fabric with pores small enough that weeds can’t grow through it.
If you’re dealing with a weed that appears annually, a flame torch can take care of them. You just need to pass the torch over the weed long enough to singe it. This will damage the weed to the point it will die. This is not effective for perennial weeds, or weeds that can re-grow, because it just kills the weed, and not the root. Use caution of the area is extremely dry, so as not to create a fire hazard.
#1 Boiling water
Similar to the heat method, boiling water will destroy any plant life it touches. So you will want to take care to ensure none of it gets on anything you want to cultivate. This method is also most effective with annual weeds rather than perennial weeds.
As you can see, there are many different ways to eliminate those annoying weeds from your garden or landscaping. In many cases, it is a bit different from just stomping around and yanking weeds out of the ground. With the proper amount of care and attention, these methods will bring you success as you reclaim your yard and garden from those terrible weeds. May you have much success as you create a beautiful environment around your home.