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4 Ways to Get Rid of Garden Weeds

by Grace

Do you think gardening is an easy chore? Try weeding. Soon, you’ll realize how much effort it takes to maintain a picture-perfect lawn. Rampant weeds rob water and nutrients from the soil that are beneficial for the growth of plants. Ultimately, their less-than-lovely head starts popping above the ground, ruining the beauty of your yard. 

Initially, tearing up these intruders may seem satisfying. But with time, the task becomes tedious, especially when your lawn is full of stubborn weeds. Many use chemicals to kill weeds. But those chemicals are so strong that they destroy crops, too. Repeated use of those chemicals leads to a toxic buildup of heavy metals in the soil. That is why it’s best to avoid using them. 

Having said that, here are a few tried-and-tested ways to get rid of weeds without killing other plants: 

Dig Them Up

Digging up weeds is an age-old hack that works wonders when done properly. You will have to pull weeds out from the ground by hand. Pull them such that both the roots below and the flowering portion above the ground rip out. Though time-intensive labor, digging up weeds prevents the seed from transferring to other areas of your garden. 

Make sure you don waterproof gloves before you start pulling weeds out from the ground. A camp stool and a comfortable kneeling pad will come in handy for extended weeding sessions. Therefore, get them before starting the chore. 

However, this will method is feasible only when there are a few weeds in your garden. For a lawn full of weeds, having a weed-pulling tool will cut short the time you spend weeding your garden. When shopping for weed-pulling tools, look for those that are ergonomically designed. Go for one that will allow you to work from an upright position, as it will minimize hand fatigue. 

Use Herbicides

Have stubborn weeds? No problem, for we’ve got a solution: use herbicides. The chemicals present in herbicides inhibit the growth of weeds, even when used in small doses of concentration. 

One significant upside of herbicides is that they kill weeds without harming the plant growing adjacent to them. When it comes to herbicides, the market is flooded with tons of options. While each type has its own mechanism of action, they are overall categorized into two types: non-systemic and systemic herbicides. 

Non-systemic or contact herbicides affect only that part of the plant they touch. Paraquat, diquat, dinoseb, and diclofop are a few examples of non-systemic herbicides. 

Systemic or translocated herbicides, on the other hand, are applied to the affected part of the plant. But they move to other parts of the plant and control its growth. Examples of systemic herbicides include glyphosate, simazine, 4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D), and atrazine. 

Note that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, recently hit the headlines because it was linked with cancer, especially non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Monsanto and BayerAG are two brands against which the Roundup lawsuit has been filed. Plaintiffs in the lawsuit allege that the two manufacturers failed to warn people about the dangers of exposure to Roundup. 

Following the controversy, Roundup weed killers have been banned in Sri Lanka, Columbia, Bermuda, France, The Netherlands, and Vietnam, writes TorHoerman Law. Further, it states that the average payout for Roundup lawsuits ranges between $5,000 and $250,000. 

The bottom line is to avoid opting for herbicides that contain glyphosate. Instead, go for organic herbicides to be on the safe side. 

Cover the Soil With Dampened Newspapers

For folks who don’t prefer using herbicides, newspapers will come to your rescue. Damp newspapers and cover the soil with them. This will block oxygen and sunlight from reaching the soil. 

As weeds require sunlight to grow, they will stifle when you cover the lawn with newspapers. This method will also prevent new weeds from growing.

After laying down newspapers, add two inches of compost or mulch. This will further block light from entering the soil and prevent the growth of weeds. Despite adding mulch, a few perennial weeds may survive. That means you will have to weed the soil manually. But that wouldn’t be time-intensive labor, as only a handful of weeds need to be plucked out. 

Sprinkle Salt

The easiest way to get rid of weeds is to sprinkle salt over them. For those unversed, let us tell you that many plants cannot withstand salt, and weeds are no exception. When sprinkled over weeds, salt destroys their internal water balance and messes with their root system. 

To start with, dilute salt and water in a 1:8 ratio in a bottle and spray it over the weeds. Also, make sure you spray carefully, as salt kills almost every plant that comes in contact with it. 

The Bottom Line

That is it, gardening enthusiasts! You know now the four easiest ways to kill weeds in your garden. Whichever method you find convenient, give it a go. Remember that the best time to kill weeds is when they are growing. This way, the chemical will transport to the whole plant, including the roots. Last but not least, treat weeds in mid-spring and early fall because that is the time when they are actively growing. 

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