Natural ways to kill weeds in your garden – I have 7 great ones for you.
Big and I make an effort to use as few chemicals as possible in our home and garden. I will admit, at times I will grab a bug spray when I see a black widow in the basement. We both feel that taking the natural way is the best way for us, our animals and the earth.
I am sure that you have been seeing the gardening posts that I have been sharing. As soon as the weather gets nice, you will find me outside for around 2 or 3 hours everyday working in one of my 5 flower beds or in my square foot vegetable gardens. Gardening takes a lot of time and a lot of effort, but to me, it is worth it.
Getting rid of weeds is my least favorite thing to do. It seems that just as soon as you pull them, they are back.
One of my favorite ways to kill weeds is by pouring vinegar directly on them. This is something I only use on the sidewalk or the driveway. Vinegar will kill anything that it gets on, so be careful.
Here is a before photo of some weeds growing in the cracks of my driveway.
Here is a photo taken the next day. Now all I have to do is sweep the dried weeds away. Weeds won’t grow here for a couple of month.
I have pulled together 7 natural ways to kill weeds for you. I hope that there are some that will work for you in your garden or home. I am excited to try the cornmeal trick!
Natural Ways To Kill Weeds
- Vinegar – I typically pour it directly on the weed. If you want, you can put it in a spray bottle or brush it on. Do this in the morning on a sunny day. The sun activates the killing properties of the vinegar. It will take a couple days before the weed dries up and dies. Be careful – this will kill your flowers and plants also. I typically use vinegar on the cracks in sidewalks and my driveway.
- Salt – This will kill the weed, but also render the soil unusable for a few months. I don’t have many places in my yard that I use salt because of this. Again, be careful where you put the salt – it will kill your plants also.
- Corn Meal – I just learned that corn meal will act as “birth control” to weeds. It will keep the seed from germinating and becoming a plant. Again, be careful where you use this. If you are trying to start seeds, say in a vegetable garden, you don’t want to use this method. It will stop your vegetable seeds from germinating also! This will be my first year to try this method – I will let you know how it works.
- Boiling Water – This method is easy and free. All you do is boil water, pour it on the crown of the weed. If you have a weed that has long roots (think dandelion) you may have to try this more than once. I like this method since it won’t harm any other plants nearby.
- Newspapers – This is a frugal way to block weeds. When we lay our beds we will often use a weed block fabric, but we have also used newspaper. The newspaper won’t harm the earth and will even attract worms. Bonus!
- Mulch – Mulch won’t allow the sun on your soil and therefore any seeds or previous weeds won’t be able to grow. Bonus – mulch will help retain moisture.
- Pull them by hand – My least favorite! Early Spring sees me outside pulling weeds that have popped up while the weather is still cool. I will admit, pulling weeds is sort of meditative and when I need to take out my frustrations pulling weeds helps.
So, there are some great natural ways to get rid of weeds in your yard. I hope you found one or more that will be helpful to you. Did you read one that you thought would work for you?