There are many gardening chores, which you must deal with, if you are to hope that your garden will thrive. Dealing with weeds is one of the most common and most important tasks.
When faced with too many weeds in your garden, you may rush and resort to harsh chemicals. However, that is far from ideal, as they will seep through the soil and possibly end up in other of your garden plants. In order to avoid this, you can use one of these trusted eco-friendly weed control techniques:
- Remove them by hand - yes, it does take some time and effort, which you could be spending doing something more important for your garden. However, this is a garden care chore, which will effectively target weeds and nothing else. It works great in that you will ensure the entirety of each weed is removed, thus reducing the chance of it reappearing again.
- Mulching - if there is one tip you have probably heard from all expert gardeners, it is that mulching goes a long way in protecting your garden against weeds. Grass clippings, straw and chipped bark all do a wonderful job at preventing weed growth, all the while helping soil retain moisture. This is more of a preventive technique, but one that is worth noting.
- Burning - gardening centres now offer a flame-weeder tool, which serves to apply flame directly to weeds. The main thing about this tool is that it focuses the heat and flames on single plants, thus reducing the risk of lighting up your entire garden. The method is also a good one and you will feel great watching the foliage of weeds immediately wilt. Still, be very careful not to harm the rest of the plants.
- Pour boiling water - pouring boiling water over the weeds is one of the most popular methods out there. It works best on weeds located in driveway cracks, sidewalks or areas that you want to replant. There aren’t any long term side effects or residue to worry about.