Natural Weed Control
Weeds in Hardscape
To kill weeds that come up in the driveway or patio, simply pour boiling water or salty water on them, or pour on white vinegar.
Weeds in the Garden
To keep your garden virtually free of weeds and grass, put down a weed barrier mat . Place your plants on top until you find a pattern that you like, then make a cut in the fabric so you can plant each one. The fabric between plants can be hidden with mulch or bark.
Weeds in the Lawn
Get rid of dandelions while they are still pretty yellow flowers. They turn into white puffballs (that were so much fun to blow when you were a kid), which contain the seeds of hundreds more dandelions. A quick fix is to cut them down with a lawnmower or weedwhacker. Better still is to dig each one up roots and all.
Put corn gluten (marketed as Original WOW!®) on your lawn, and absolutely no weed seeds will grow. It will also keep new grass seed from growing, so put it down at least six weeks before you seeding any bare spots. An added benefit of corn gluten is that it is very high in nitrogen, which is the food that lawns crave the most.
Bluegrass lawn breeds dandelions when it is cut short. Good thick roots will keep dandelions away.
A healthy lawn should be so dense that it will not allow weeds to grow.
Or Let Weeds Grow
The mustard flower pops its head up when the weather starts to get cold. It doesn’t take long for every empty spot in the garden to become overflowing with yellow bouquets.
Because they are weeds, some people rip them out of the ground as soon as they show up. Some of us prefer to see the garden take on almost overnight the look of a beautiful meadow.
Keeping weeds or getting rid of them is a matter of personal preference. Especially if you check through a garden book and find out just how many of your favorite flowers are actually classified as weeds.
Fertilizers From Food
- Use the water from boiling eggs to fertilize your plants.
- The eggshells themselves make good fertilizer.
- Letting them dry thoroughly will allow you to easily crush them into a powder. But, leaving them in larger pieces will keep out snails, slugs and cats.
- Roses love coffee grounds, as do hydrangeas and gardenias You can get all you want from most coffee houses, just be sure to let the coffee grounds dry before using them as fertilizer once a month.
- Coffee grounds are also good for blueberries, evergreens, azaleas, roses, camellias, avocados, and certain fruit trees.
- To grow beautiful azaleas, water them occasionally with a mixture of 2 tablespoons of white vinegar to 1 quart water. Azaleas love acidic soil.
- Bury a banana peel down under the roots of a rose bush for more blooms than ever.
Fertilizers From Nature
Save the wood ashes from the fireplace and throw them in your flowerbeds at the beginning of the season.
Add nitrogen to your lawn naturally by not using a grass catcher. Allow the grass cuttings to remain on the top of the lawn for two weeks occasionally. Only short cuttings should be left on the lawn–the cuttings should be from only three days of growth or they will be too large and get soggy.
Rabbit droppings are very high in nitrogen. So much so that they can burn some plants if used while fresh. Rabbit droppings should be allowed to thoroughly air dry before using, or add it to your compost pile instead or directly around plants.