Organic Weed Prevention

In my experience a completely weed-free garden is impossible to achieve unless you have an army of helping hands. My approach is to limit their numbers with vigilance rather than try to eradicate them with extreme measures. I find that if I make weed prevention part of my weekly gardening routine, the task becomes less daunting over time.

Here are five simple, organic ways you can keep the weeds at bay.

  1. Pull weeds when they are still small. Not only will they come out easier, you'll remove annual weeds before they go to seed. Do this after watering or a rain when the ground is wet to make the job easier. Spend the growing season pulling weeds every week and you'll see fewer weeds the following year.
  2. Leave the hoe in the tool shed. Digging up the soil in a weeded area will not solve the problem. While you will get rid of the existing weeds you will also bring more weed seeds to the surface where conditions are ideal for sprouting. In place of a hoe, try using a forked tool that will enable you to dig out the plants with minimal ground disruption.
  3. Crowd weeds out. Open space is an invitation for weeds to take up residence. Flower beds full of healthy plants or robust groundcovers are your best defense. Keep lawn turf in good condition to minimize weeds.
  4. Smother weeds with mulch. Apply a three to six inch layer of mulch in flower beds to keep weed seeds from sprouting. Those that do pop up will be easier to pull because mulch keeps the ground moist.
  5. Zap weeds with an organic certified herbicidal soap. Herbicidal soaps kill weeds without harming the environment. They work by penetrating the protective coating of plants, causing the plant to dehydrate and die. They will not affect the root system of the plant however, so repeat sprays may be needed. Also, they are non-selective so be careful not to spray your annuals, perennials, and edibles.
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Best free Mulch for me

by Ducthess on May 28, 2013 08:34
Leaves and weed free grass clippings with pelletized lime, spring and fall, tilled in the spring

Best Mulch for me

by Ducthess on May 28, 2013 08:31
We have well fertilized yard and plenty of maple leaves. I put pellet lime on the spring grass clippings and leaves in the fall. Spring we till it 10 inches deep. The results are a well drained rich soil. No top soil can beat it.

h20sue

by h20sue on May 23, 2013 10:24
with the economy is such turmoil, isn\'t there a recipe where you can use and make your own organic weed killer. How about bleach, vinegar, salt, or items you have in your pantry? I could spend a fortune on ridding bugs, voles, moles, and I take care of an acre plus or yard. I\'m in my sixties love my flowers, grape vine, but because the home in which I live was neglected for so long, and right next door to someone who doesn\'t care about dandelions, weeds, etc, I have a time keeping my yard in the condition I would like. Please help. Thank you. Sue

Weed control in driveway and walkways

by dr.a.j.hanavan on April 21, 2013 07:14
Boiling water! I carry (carefully) water from cooking spaghetti, hard-boiled eggs, etc. to the seams in driveway and sidewalk and other non-growing areas and pour it on the weed. It really does work clear down to the root, too! Anna

Jude

by jandjbooks@aol.com on April 20, 2013 12:19
Before applying mulch, cut plain cardboard to fit the size of the ground to be mulched. This is a tested method and saves hours of weeding. Plus, it\'s another great way to recycle.

crabgrass

by slayerchick on April 19, 2013 12:38
i use corn gluten every spring and every fall as directed. would the herbicidal soap work on crabgrass in between my bi-annual crabgrass prevention?

Neal

by eom21b2@yahoo.com on April 15, 2013 04:24
How can you kill Nut Grss?

Pets?

by angelicap33 on April 15, 2013 01:31
Is this soap safe to use around pets? What about frogs and birds?

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