Top 4 All-Natural Weed Control Methods

In addition to being unsightly, weeds rob neighboring plants and flowers of important nutrients. This stops the vegetation from thriving and looking as healthy as it could the weeds were eliminated. Pulling out the weeds by hand is not always an option, especially if you have a large area to cover. If you're looking to avoid using chemical herbicides, there are four all-natural weed control methods you can try instead. 

Weed Control Fabric

Almost all home improvement and garden supply stores carry weed control fabric that you can install yourself. The fabric is sometimes referred to as landscape fabric and is designed to permit water to soak through. It also allows the soil to breathe properly while preventing weeds from growing. After installing the weed control fabric, simply cut holes where you want your plants to go. 

Use Mulch

Mulch can be used alone, or placed on top of the weed control fabric. In addition to preventing weeds from growing, the mulch acts as an insulator. This is especially helpful for plant roots during the winter season. There are two types of mulches you can choose from. Go with an organic mulch, such as one made from wood chips or shredded up newspapers, if you prefer to reuse and recycle. There's also the option of using a black plastic mulch, which is attractive and excellent at keeping light from reaching any weed seeds so that they don't have a chance to germinate.

Vinegar Spray

Another way to rid your yard of unwanted weeds is to kill them with a homemade vinegar spray. Vinegar is great because it is safe to use around children and pets, unlike chemical herbicides. Love to Know recommends using a vinegar with at least an 18 percent acidity level, as this is what is needed to destroy the weeds. Simply pour the vinegar into a spray bottle and soak the weeds you see. It is important to note that vinegar will also kill grass and plants, so you'll need to be careful where you use it. 

Spread Corn Gluten Meal

Corn gluten meal is great for all-natural weed control. It works by preventing seeds from germinating. What you need to keep in mind is that corn gluten meal doesn't work on seeds that have already sprouted. If you have flowers planted in the area, don't use the corn gluten meal until after they have sprouted. Pull out any weeds that have already begun to grow and then spread a layer of corn gluten meal to fend off future weeds. 

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