12 natural ways to weed your garden

Weeds make life difficult for us, but nothing that impresses us! There are many natural tips for weeding your garden. So no, you don’t go to the first garden center to buy a toxic weed killer: not only is it bad for the environment, it burns a hole in your wallet. No more chemical herbicides that contaminate plants, microorganisms, soil and groundwater! Discover 12 natural methods to weed your garden.

1) Weed the lawn

Is 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 following the regulations) or if you don’t, get lime. This will change the pH of the soil and therefore kill the moss.

2) Basil essential oil

In addition to being an organic and effective herbicide, 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 greater effectiveness.

3) Natural potato weed killer

Discover it the strongest 100% natural weed killer here. That’s him used by most gardeners. Just boil a little potatoes in water, add coarse salt after cooking the potatoes and sprinkle the boiling water over the weeds. Guaranteed effectiveness!

4) Weeds on pavers or slabs

Salt water burns the weeds. So against unwanted weeds on roads or sidewalks, don’t hesitate to spray. The little trick is to collect rainwater to avoid using liters of drinking water from the tap and save money.

5) Thermal shock

Thermal weed control consists of causing heat shock to weed plant cells. Out of chemicals, nature offers us what we need. The heat applied must be strong and of short duration. You can use steam jets, 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 additionally add a very small dose of baking soda. Be careful not to overdo it, because the white vinegar penetrates the soil and destroys the microorganisms. Use only on sprouts or plants that have already been cut.

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7) Seawater, a real natural weed killer

For those lucky enough to live by the sea, salt water is available in abundance! It’s free and environmentally friendly! Seawater is very effective against weeds, without chemicals! Be careful not to abuse it, salt destroys everything in its path.

8) Fake seedlings

False seeding consists of growing weeds to get rid of them better. The goal is to aerate the soil as if it were going to be seeded, and then wait for the weeds to grow so you can remove them more easily. It is a very ecological method that makes it possible to limit bad regeneration. Perfect for a future vegetable garden!

9) Sawdust

Go to the carpenter and ask to collect the sawdust (unless you are a craftsman yourself)! To control weeds, mix sawdust with water and let it soak. Filter and apply to weeds. You can also use sawdust as mulch.

10) Mulch

Coating is more of a preventative method rather than an actual herbicide. It prevents the germination of weeds. Preferably use biodegradable materials. Without light and water, weed seeds will no longer grow. Additionally, mulch helps protect certain plants from the cold or heat depending on the season.

11) nettle manure

Nettle manure is highly aromatic, but effective! Eco-friendly, rotting, fermenting nettles will weed out 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: weed killers, hoe, sweeper or even better the towel which is multi-functional! We do not hide that digging, weeding the earth and removing roots takes work. But learning to garden differently thanks to natural, biodegradable and inexpensive products makes you a responsible gardener to save the 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 done and you have the satisfaction of a job well done. Only problem, now you have leftover weeds you don’t know what to do with!

Rest assured, there are solutions get rid of this green waste, all perfectly legal. Because, you know, it absolutely is it is impossible to scatter your waste in natureeven if they are plants!

Likewise, they are strict it is forbidden to burn them because of the nuisances it causes, either in terms of air pollution, fire hazards but also neighborhood disturbances (source). But then, how? In fact, you have several options to choose from:

  • The dump : generally free for private individuals, the recycling center is the place where you can dispose of 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. So it’s worth investigating!
  • compost : if you have compost, feel free to put your green waste there. Be careful, however, not to put in weeds that are already blooming or diseased to prevent them from sprouting and colonizing your compost pile. Choose weeds that are healthy, without roots and seeds.
  • manure or mulch : if you have a gardener’s soul, 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 completely natural and ecological recycling!
  • Private companies : if none of these solutions are feasible for you, you can as a last resort call a private company that will come and get rid of all your green waste without you having to put in the slightest effort. But beware, it comes at a cost!