If there is one thing gardeners everywhere hate, it’s weeds. However, many times the solution to getting rid of weeds can actually be more of a problem. In fact, it can be downright dangerous because there are growing health concerns about one of the chief ingredients, glyphosate, used to kill weeds. When battling weeds where you live, you can find safer solutions. Not only are the alternatives healthier, they are much easier on your wallet.
In my own garden, I make my daily newspaper do the dirty work. It’s
easy and effective. Simply lay out five or six stacked sheets of
newspaper in the area where you don’t want weeds. Then, give them a good
soak with the hose so they don’t fly away. Once the newspaper is in
place, it won’t let the sunshine through and that means the weeds can’t
grow. Cover the soaked papers with mulch or grass clippings if you like.
Eventually, earthworms will break down the newspaper and the end result
will be healthier soil.
Another effective option when it comes to blocking out sunlight is a
roll of landscape fabric. A few years ago, finding eco-friendly
landscape fabric was a nearly impossible task. Now, you can find
landscape fabric made of recycled paper that gets the job done without
any plastic or any unwanted chemicals. This recycled fabric can be found
at all the major home improvement stores or online.
I also use white vinegar on pesky weeds that sprout in the cracks of
my sidewalk and driveway. Be careful though because vinegar can kill
most anything you spray it on. For best results spray the weeds during
the hottest part of the day. Hot water is also effective when it comes
to killing weeds in those same areas.
This summer, don’t poison your lawn and garden. Instead, Get rid of those unwanted weeds in a much safer way.
Source: Terri Bennett, national speaker, eco-expert, and author of
“Do Your Part: A practical guide for everyday green living” available at