Weeds make life difficult for us, but nothing to be impressed! There are several natural tips for weeding your garden. So no, you don’t go to the first garden center to buy a toxic weedkiller: not only is it bad for the environment, but it also burns a hole in your wallet. No more chemical weeding that pollutes plants, micro-organisms, soils and groundwater! Discover 12 natural methods to weed your garden.
1) Weed the lawn
Green moss invading your garden? If you are lucky enough to have a fireplace, collect the ashes from the burnt wood and scatter them over the moss. Otherwise, burn wood (while respecting the regulations) or failing that, take lime. This will change the pH of the soil and therefore eradicate the moss.
2) Basil essential oil
In addition to being an organic and effective weedkiller, basil essential oil is an excellent natural insecticide! Just put a few drops in your watering can and water the weeds. Add organic liquid black soap for more efficiency.
3) Natural Potato Weed Killer
Discover it strongest 100% natural weed killer here. He is used by most gardeners. Simply boil potatoes in water, add coarse salt after cooking the potatoes and sprinkle the still boiling cooking water over the weeds. Efficiency guaranteed!
4) Weeds on pavers or slabs
Salt water burns weeds. So against unwanted weeds in driveways or pavements, do not hesitate to spray. The little trick is to collect rainwater to avoid using liters of drinking water from the tap and to save money.
5) Thermal shock
Thermal weed control consists of causing a thermal shock within the plant cells of weeds. Exit chemicals, nature offers us what we need. The heat applied should be strong and of short duration. You can use jets of steam, cooking water (potatoes, pasta, rice, etc.) or gas burners from the ecological sector.
6) White vinegar
It’s no longer a secret, white vinegar has many virtues. Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar and spray it on the weeds. It is possible to add a very small dose of baking soda in addition. Attention do not exaggerate too much, because the white vinegar penetrates in the ground and destroys the micro-organisms. Use it only on sprouts or plants that have already been cut.
7) Seawater, a real natural weedkiller
For the lucky ones who live by the sea, salt water is available to you in abundance! It’s free and eco-friendly! Seawater is very effective against weeds, without chemicals! Be careful not to abuse it, the salt destroys everything in its path.
8) False seedlings
False seeding consists of growing weeds to better get rid of them. The goal is to aerate the soil as if it were going to be sown, then wait for the growth of weeds to remove them more easily. It is a very ecological method which makes it possible to limit bad regrowth. Ideal for a future vegetable garden!
Go to the carpenter and ask to collect the sawdust (unless you are yourself a handyman)! To control weeds, mix the sawdust with water and let it soak. Filter and apply to weeds. You can also use sawdust as a mulch.
Mulching is more of a preventive method than a real weedkiller. It prevents the germination of weeds. Use preferably biodegradable materials. Deprived of light and water, weed seeds will no longer grow. Moreover, mulch helps protect certain plants from cold or heat depending on the season.
11) Nettle manure
Nettle manure is particularly fragrant, but effective! Eco-friendly, fermenting putrefied nettles will weed your garden in no time!
12) Traditional weeding
Hand weeding remains the most environmentally friendly technique. However, you can help yourself with various tools such as: weeder, hoe, scarifier or even better the towel which is multifunctional! We do not hide that digging, weeding the earth and removing the roots requires work. But learning to garden differently thanks to natural, biodegradable and inexpensive products makes you a responsible gardener to save our environment and our beautiful planet. Say goodbye to chemicals!
After weeding, what to do with green waste?
That’s it, weeding your garden is finally over, and you have the satisfaction of a job well done. Only problem, you now have weed residues to not know what to do with!
Rest assured, there are solutions for get rid of this green waste, all completely legal. Because, you know, it is absolutely it is out of the question to disperse your waste in natureeven if it is plants!
Likewise, it is strictly forbidden to burn them because of the nuisances that this causes, whether in terms of air pollution, fire risks but also neighborhood disturbances (source). But then, how? In reality, you have several options to choose from:
- The dump : generally free for individuals, the recycling center is the place where you can drop off your green waste quickly and easily. It should be noted that some communities go even further by offering green waste collection directly from local residents. It is therefore worth investigating!
- compost : if you have a compost, do not hesitate to place your green waste there. Be careful, however, not to put in weeds that are already blooming or diseased in order to prevent them from germinating and colonizing your compost pile. Choose healthy, rootless and seedless weeds.
- Manure or mulch : if you have the soul of a gardener, you can use your green waste as manure, which will fertilize your soil. Weeds can also act as mulch to protect your plants. In short, enough to create a virtuous circle of entirely natural and ecological recycling!
- Private companies : if none of these solutions is possible for you, as a last resort you can call on a private company that will come and get rid of all your green waste without you having to make the slightest effort. But beware, it has a cost!