There are two ways to killing weeds. One of them is by using a chemical-based weed preventer. The other is going natural. Chemical-based weed killers have negative effects to you and to your surroundings.
When used, the chemicals are spread by air. Once you, your family and your pets inhale them, they get into your respiratory system, causing damage. The chemicals can also damage your other organs, since the chemicals get into your blood.
You can use a mask while spraying un-natural chemicals, but you have to understand that these chemicals are strong. They go deep into your roots, trunk, and stems of flowers, trees, and bushes that even their produce is contaminated.
The organic method of killing weeds does not have the same harmful effect. They do not contain toxic chemicals that interfere with your health, with the environment, and your fruits and vegetables.
Organic means natural and non-toxic. Natural ways include pulling off the weeds with your bare hands. Another way is to use grass clippings, hays, leaves, comfrey, and shredded bark as mulch.
Most people thought that mulch is only for covering cultivated soil. True. It is effective. But it can also control weeds by depriving them of light. Light is very important to weeds. Without it, they cannot survive. Mulch is also beneficial when it is used as direct composting.
Carpet scraps and curtain showers can be an accessory to a natural way of killing weeds. For carpet scraps, you can place them upside down and cover them with bark mulch or straw. The old shower curtain should be placed under the mulching materials to stop the weeds from poking through.
The non-toxic methods for controlling weeds can be found in your kitchen. Salt is very effective. You can spread the salt generously and directly onto weeds, or you can make a solution with it. Add a cup of it into 2 cups of boiling water and pour the solution directly to the weeds, after it cools down.
Vinegar is also a non-toxic substance. Try white vinegar or apple cider. The higher its concentration, the more effective it is for killing weeds. You can spray it directly onto weeds or you can prepare a diluted solution.
The best time to use vinegars is daytime or when the sun is in its hottest condition. The sunlight will boost the vinegar. Spray it on the plant base closer to the soil, and to its trunk, stems and leaves.
Lemon is equally effective in killing weeds. Use it the way you use vinegar. You can use it alone or as a solution. The acidity of vinegar and lemon is what kills the weed. The pH level of the soil and surrounding area is decreased, which means higher acid levels.
Weeds grow best in open cultivated areas. In choosing the best method for killing weeds, you have to understand how it grows. Consider too the health of your loved ones, including yours. If your garden grows fruits and vegetables, then it is important that you choose a harmless method.