Best ways to get rid of weeds: Part-2


This article explains various methods like laying mulch, using a hoe, chopping heads of weeds, using baking soda and corn gluten which help us to get rid of weeds from our gardens, farms, driveways, and walkways.

Introduction

Weeds destroy sight of neatly tended flower beds. These unwanted plants seem to grow anywhere from gardens to lawns or farms and from driveways and walkways to the edges of buildings. There are many ways to deal with them. Either we can manually pluck them or use drillers. We can even use herbicides which are nothing but household chemicals. These methods are safe and environment-friendly. On the other hand, chemicals available in the market are not very environment-friendly but are quite effective in getting rid of them. Below given tips and methods help us to get rid of weeds naturally. Know more such tips and tricks by going through Best ways to get rid of weeds: Part-1 and Part-3.

Use baking soda

Baking soda is the best ingredient if we want to get rid of weeds from our pavement or concrete pathways. Sprinkle some baking soda to the roots portion of the weeds. We have to fill in all those cracks where weeds seem to grow back again and again. Baking soda is rich in sodium content and this sodium itself will do the trick in getting rid of them. It is a very safe method to get rid of weeds and thus very environment-friendly.

Lay mulch

Mulch acts as a suppressant to weeds. This is because mulch blocks light. Weeds like any other plant require light for photosynthesis and in an absence of light, they will not be able to prepare their own food. Thus, they will be deprived of energy which will consequently make them suffocate and die. Mulch will also prevent new weeds from appearing. Examples of organic mulches are shredded leaves, grass clippings, wheat straw, wood chips, bark nuggets, pine needles and inorganic ones are black plastics and fabrics which are used for landscaping purposes. If organic mulch is used then take care to maintain the thickness of at least 2 inches on the ground. Mulch is a material that is applied to the soil surface. Cover the required area with sufficient layers of newspapers and over these layers, place enough mulch. Sometimes stronger weeds push through the mulch. In such cases, we need to add more layers of newspapers and then enough mulch over them.

Mulch does not cause harm of any kind to other surrounding valuable plants as it locks in moisture in the soil and does not introduce anything that is harmful to it. However, place mulch a few inches above the base of the plants. This will prevent any insect invasions and also disable rot. If weeds are growing around the bases of trees and shrubs then landscape fabrics should be used and over those fabrics, organic mulch should be placed. Compost mulch is more effective than plastic one. Its advantage is that we can plant in it immediately, right after it is spread. We can even use well-rotted manure for this purpose. Leaves and roots of weeds on which compost manure is spread undergo decomposition and our newly planted valuable plants enjoy growing above it. Bark mulch can also be used in the garden to create natural pathways. We can either buy bark mulch or else if we have an electric chipper then we can prepare our own chippings from branches of the trees.

Use a hoe to get rid of weeds

A hoe is a device which is used to slice stems of unwanted plants. Blade of the hoe should be sharp enough to slice down the weeds. We can either sharpen it with an angle grinder or with the help of a sharpening stone. Best weather to use a hoe is a dry day. During dry weather, stems of weeds which are sliced up get dried and within few days ground seems to get cleared of weeds. If the same is done in wet weather then there is every chance that weeds may grow back, especially if plants and roots are intact. This is the reason that we need to hoe on a dry day. This will give enough time for leaves of weeds to wither which we can further use for composting purpose. Unwanted plants which are sliced off using a hoe just below the soil line will quickly die. However, when trying to get rid of weeds from mulched beds, make use of a knife to slice them and then take care of any open spaces which get created in the mulch.

Stop watering weeds

When we water in our gardens and lawns or else in our farms, we never really care about what we are actually watering. We need to water only those plants which we grow and which are of some value to us and not all those unwanted plants which grow on their own. We need to deprive these uninvited plants of water and make them die naturally. Place drips or soaker hoses below mulch. This kind of irrigation system will provide sufficient water to all our grown plants and at the same time keeps weeds thirsty. When weeds are deprived of water then not only it makes them suffer and die naturally but also considerably reduces germination of their seeds. Instead of drip irrigation, we can even water plants with our hands but it is a tedious work and any additional water that is sprayed or watered will directly or indirectly go towards surrounding weeds. Drip irrigation makes sure that water reaches only those plants which we need and not in those areas which are unplanted. Grass needs to be watered very deeply but watering should be quite infrequent. Lawns almost require 1 inch of water on a weekly basis. Too little amount of water will make the lawns suffer. Thus, watering should be deep but not on a frequent basis. This is because frequent light watering will cause many weeds to germinate.

Burn them with a blowtorch

We can make use of a blowtorch to get rid of weeds. We can very effectively use it to burn the top growth of these unwanted plants within no time. If a propane/butane blowtorch is used to scorch weeds then it is seen that within a few days they start dying. This is because their internal moisture gets lost which makes them shrivel up and thus they die. When weeds get exposed to heat then it is seen that water within their cells boils. A handheld blowtorch can also be used if propane blowtorch is not available. This method is very effective if seedlings are young. However, deep-rooted weeds may grow back as their root portion remains undamaged. Using blowtorch in dry weather is a little risky as dry grass can immediately result in catching fire. If not taken control then it can be quite dangerous.

Chop off heads of weeds

When we fail to get rid of certain deep-rooted weeds, best measure we can adopt there is to chop off heads of such weeds. Chopping off the heads means to get rid of their top portions. In absence of leaves, they will not be able to prepare their food and thus they use energy reserves present in the root portions. When this stored energy gets used up, they shrivel and die. Even if they do not die then at least they cease to spread. Also, chopping will make sure that weeds do not flower. A flowering season which weeds witness cause their spread from one place to another. Their number thereby remain checked. Key here is to keep chopping their heads repeatedly as some weeds are very stubborn and will show immense growth even after repeated chopping. We need to keep patience and do our work and do not allow them to flower. Pruning loppers, string trimmers are some of the equipment which we can use here. Digging weeds can be a hassle and in such cases, chopping their heads once a week will retard their growth.

Corn gluten

It is a natural byproduct received when corn is processed into corn meal. This byproduct can very well be used to get rid of weeds as it hinders the growth process of weed seeds i.e., it prevents germination process. All we need to do is spread it around our grown plants. It will not only get rid of weeds but also enrich the soil as it is rich in nitrogen content. At the same time, it causes no damage to the surrounding plants.

Conclusion

If we track down the time which we spend in the garden then we will soon realize that most of the time that we spend is mainly on getting rid of these unwanted plants known as weeds. They are annoying and quite stubborn as they seem to grow again and again. They spread and create nuisance in our farms and gardens. Tearing them down initially may seem fun and a satisfying chore but soon when we realize that our job is getting tiring and we are failing at it again and again then it becomes annoying to us. Above mentioned tips and tricks if followed properly and if regular attention is paid towards garden then we can successfully get rid of them in no time. We can make use of baking soda and corn gluten or simply use a hoe to get rid of these weeds. We can burn them with a blow torch and for more stubborn ones, can chop off their heads once in a week. Follow these methods which will effectively help to get rid of weeds in no time.


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