Weeds are certainly no fun to see growing in your beautiful garden, but they are not easy to get rid of for good. Unfortunately, weeds are something that must be consistently treated or they will slowly take over your garden. Once that happens, removing them will require much more effort to reduce the evidence that they were once there. There are several ways to kill your existing weeds so that you can put all your strengths into preventing them in the future instead of pulling them up over and over again.
Create a Barrier
Some options you can use are a thick layer of mulch to choke out the existing weeds or you can lay down a thick layer of newspaper, a layer of plastic, or cardboard to create a barrier underneath your mulch. These are great ways to kill out the small weeds that are already present and it can help keep them from sprouting up as easily as they did before. However, in order to keep the weeds from returning, you will need to choose a method of attack to keep your garden weed-free.
Again, you have several options to choose from to help aid in preventing weed return. First, if you plant your flowers and/or vegetables close together, it will reduce the space in which weeds have to grow.
You can also choose a chemical assault. There are a few downsides to this option as chemicals are not the safest to work with and you have to be mindful of when you spray and what to spray in order for them to do their job efficiently.
Corn Gluten Meal
Another less evasive option is to look into more natural ways to kill weeds. Corn gluten meal is a safe way to stop weeds at their seed state. If you spread it after harvest, the meal can also help prevent late-season weeds from sprouting.
Boiling water will help to burn up your weeds if you pour it directly on them. So, next time you make a pot of tea, go ahead and take your leftover water and clean up your garden!
Vinegar is another option to use on your weeds. If you choose this option, be very careful to only spray your weeds as vinegar does not discriminate. Unfortunately, if you are not careful, it can also kill off your beautiful plants. A great way to prevent this is to create your own makeshift barrier with a plastic soda bottle or something of the like to place over the weed so you can spray the vinegar down onto it. Vinegar, however, does not work well on weeds with waxy leaves as it will roll right off. There is a solution for this problem. If you mix a few drops of soap in with your vinegar before spraying, it will help break down the waxy surface of the leaves and allow them to be susceptible to the vinegar. Another positive of adding the soap is it creates a shine on the leaves after spraying them so you have a good idea of what has already been sprayed.
Now that you have a few options to choose from, you can ban your garden of weeds once and for all! Do you have any other solutions for getting rid of weeds? Share them in the comments!