Weeds represent the most dangerous problem for trying to maintain a vigorously healthy lawn. Consider any unwanted plant a weed, which means one home-owner’s weed might be another home-owner’s blossom. In any case, eradicate weeds quickly and thoroughly by going organic with a weed killer.
Yes, you don’t need to apply toxic chemical weed killers to your lawn. Mother Nature supplies us with plenty of natural antidotes that kill weeds.
Let’s Get Natural
The most effective natural weed killer doesn’t come in a bottle. It comes in the form of a meticulously cared for lawn. Dense, robust grass prevents weeds from growing in open space areas. Weed seeds germinate in open areas replete with sunlight and moisture. You can also take the time and make the effort to remove weeds by hand.
If do it yourself methods don’t work, you have three proven natural weed killers that leave no chemical residue on your lawn.
Apply vinegar to the base of a weed, and watch the weed wither in less than a week. You need to use vinegar that possesses an acetic acid concentration greater than 20%, which eliminates kitchen grade vinegar used for salad dressings. Acetic acid concentrations greater than 20% can cause eye damage, so where a pair of goggles whenever you use vinegar to kill weeds. Vinegar only works on annual weeds that include crabgrass and chickweed.
Herbicidal soaps appear to perform similar to standard dish soaps, but herbicidal soaps do a much better job of penetrating the tough, waxy coating of plant leaves. This means application of an herbicidal soap must be pinpoint accurate to avoid destroying non-weed plants. Citrus oil-based herbicides operate in the same way by breaking down weed exteriors to dehydrate the toughest oxalis, plantain, and chickweed growth. This natural weed killer works best on annuals and biennials in the first year of the life cycle.
Corn Gluten Meal
Environmental conditions have to be perfect for Corn Gluten Meal (CGM) to work, but the results include a lawn free of nutrient depriving weeds. CGM produces the most effective results in northern climates and on Kentucky bluegrass. Professional landscapers apply CGM to prevent the growth of chickweed and other types of annual weeds. CGM attacks weed roots, which makes this natural weed killer a hit among home-owners that try to establish a verdant lawn over scraped topsoil. Corn gluten meal doesn’t do as well attacking weeds that have established a stranglehold on your grass. Apply CGM during the early part of spring to reap the benefits of the natural weed killer’s 10% nitrogen by weight.