Weeds are a green thumb’s worst nightmare. Imagine putting all that effort into gardening and taking care of your plants, only to find weeds growing around them and killing them. You don’t want to use pesticides because of the obvious. So what are the better ways to kill these annoying weeds off?
All hope is not lost. There are in fact a lot of non-toxic ways to kill off weeds. Read on below for 4 tips to get read of these pesky weeds:
Corn Gluten Meal
A result of milling corn, corn gluten meal prevents tiny seeds of weeds from germinating. This way, you can stop them from growing and in turn, solves the root of your problem. Apply corn gluten meal in the areas around your plants to keep them from sprouting. This weed killer is non-toxic and organic, and can be found in gardening centers everywhere.
What better way to kill off weeds than deprive them of water? Sprinkling salt on weeds causes them to dry up or disturbs their water balance. It dehydrates them and killing them off. When applying, be sure to only sprinkle on weeds and keep them out of your other plants. Otherwise they too will dry up.
Vinegar’s acid levels are so strong that spraying it unto weeds will kill them off. Pour vinegar into a spray bottle for easy use. You can also add in rubbing alcohol for a stronger homemade weed killer solution.
Use a Flame Weeder
Flame weeders allow you to burn plant tissues thereby killing them. It’s an ideal tool for both small scale and large scale gardening. Make sure to pass the flame over the leaves a few times so as to get rid of them.
Be very careful in using this device as it might be a cause of fire damage to your property.