Natural Weed Control Strategies That Work
If you're like most people, you're aware that chemicals in yard and garden products sometimes cause adverse effects on the environment. However, many of today's weed control services generally use eco-friendly products designed to provide the lightest possible footprint, which is great news for consumers and the industry alike. No industry wants to be associated with toxic herbicides that harm the environment, and consumers want to feel as if their yards and gardens are safe for themselves, their children, and their pets. You can also practice weed control strategies yourself in order to reduce or eliminate the use of chemical herbicide products.
Following are two comprehensive natural weed control strategies that work.
Put Down Black Plastic
If you're planning a vegetable garden or flower garden, you probably already know that it's essential to prepare the soil before planting a single seed. However, you may not be aware of a simple soil preparation technique that can spare you hours of weeding your garden or resorting to chemical controls to keep the weeds in check. After you've tilled your garden in the spring, place a piece of black plastic over it and use stakes on all four corners to hold it in place. The plastic has to be black because it absorbs the heat from the sun and hastens germination while blocking out the sun's UV rays at the same time and depriving the weed sprouts of the sunlight they need to grow. Over the coming weeks, weed seeds in the soil will germinate, and shortly afterward, they'll die from lack of sunlight. Leave the tarp in place for at least three weeks for best results.
You may still find the stray weed sprouting in your garden, but it won't be anything like it would have been without the black plastic.
Cultivate Healthy Plants
A yard and garden full of healthy plants are far less likely to become overrun with weeds than their less healthy counterparts. Use plenty of organic amendments in the soil to give your plants the foundation they need in order to thrive. Remember that if they're lush and full, weeds will have a tougher time even getting started because they'll be competing with your plants for sunlight and nutrients. Watch out for bare patches in your yard and garden areas — these are the areas where weeds generally gain their initial footholds. Don't be afraid to call a local weed control service when things get out of hand — winning the war on weeds requires multilayered strategies.