5 Natural Ways to Prevent Weed & Grass From Growing
Does your backyard have some unwanted grass or weeds? Fortunately, there are some methods out there that allow you to eradicate them without having to resort to harmful chemicals. These methods aren’t as instant or as effective but will go a long way in making sure your garden is safe and free of harmful chemicals in the long-run. Here are five steps you can take on your own to stop weed and grass from growing in the garden bed.
Remove existing grass and roots
Prior to planting and seeding, the first step is to make sure you get rid of any existing grass, weed, and roots in the garden bed. Typically, the best time to do this is during Spring. Not every gardener believes in tilling the soil but if you are one of those that does then this is a great time to take out anything that could potentially sprout into new grass shoots.
Soil tilling can be a labor-intensive process. You can get a good workout from doing it but if you are working with a medium to large-sized garden bed or lawn then we would highly recommend you use an electric cultivator or aerator to ease the physical workload.
Suppress grass with mulch
Using mulch is another effective way to kill grass and weeds. For those who are new to gardening, mulch is basically decaying material like dead leaves and compost that is spread over the surface of the soil to insulate or enrich the soil. Once you have cleared as much weed and grass as possible from the garden bed, spread the area with thick newspaper. You should look to place a layer of newspaper that’s about ten sheets thick. Follow that up with around 4 inches of mulch. The idea here is to kill the grass and weeds by blocking out access for light and air.
Pour boiling water
You can kill weeds in the backyard by pouring boiling water over it. This method is especially effective against weeds that grow on sidewalk cracks or driveways. This method could work in conjunction with the mulch method.
Use salt or vinegar solution
Use this method with caution as the application of salt or vinegar will change the salinity level of the soil. To make salt solution, dissolve 1 part salt into 8 parts water. White vinegar typically already comes in a distilled solution (around five percent) so won’t need the addition of water. Once the solution is ready, put it into a spray bottle and apply it directly onto the unwanted weed or grass. It may also help to add a few squirts of dish soap to the solution.
Natural Pest Management
This might be a good time to tackle any pest issues in the backyard. Common garden pests may include flies, ants, fleas, and roaches. Once the grass and weed are killed off, you can start growing plants that act as natural repellents to these pests. Examples include: bay leaves, basil, citronella grass, and crown imperial.
Published on November 30, 2016 by Sam Choan.