Natural Weed Control
Weeds are a nuisance for any lawn, but while there are plenty of products on the market that can take care of them, it's just as easy to get rid of them naturally. Here, Eric Stromer offers his expert tips on how to remove pesky weeds and keep them from growing back -- without the use of harsh chemicals.
One of the most common mistakes people make is that they cut their grass too short. Weeds love to fill in thin areas. Each variety of grass has it’s own ideal height. Research your grass and adjust the height of your mower accordingly for a lush and healthy lawn.
Aerating your lawn helps grass access water and nutrients from the soil, and healthy grass prevents weeds from taking root. You can rent push or gas powered aerators for large lawns, but for smaller areas, it’s as simple as walking around your yard in aerator sandals that strap over your shoes.
If you already have weeds, the most basic and natural method to remove them is the old-fashion way – yank them out. Just be sure to pull the roots out or else they’ll sprout back up.
Apple cider vinegar is also a safe, effective weed killer. Fill up a spray bottle and zap weeds as needed. But beware: the root will still be there, so only rely on this method as a quick fix.
To kill tough to reach weeds that grow between gabs in cement, pour boiling water over them. Use a nice controlled pour so you don’t spill, and make sure kids and pets aren’t around.
Items You'll Need
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Spray Bottle
- Boiling Pot of Water
- Aerating Shoes