Lawns, Landscapes and Gardens
Prevention: Again, the most effective way to treat unwanted plants is to stop them from establishing themselves on your property at all.
Do this by creating a thick, healthy turf:
- Mow at 3-3.5 inches to shade out weed germination and foster deep roots.
- Leave the grass clipping on the lawn after mowing. Grass clippings are a free natural fertilizer and will improve soil conditions!
- Aerate your lawn in order to help air, water, and fertilizer to enter.
- After aerating, fertilize lightly in the Fall with a natural, slow-release fertilizer. Request organic fertilizers at your local nursery or order online.
- Overseed with a grass species that is naturally resistant to fungal diseases and/or insects. Use native species.
- Use corn gluten meal on weed prone areas in the early spring and early fall. Corn gluten keeps selected weed seeds from germinating, yet is high in nitrogen so it fertilizes your lawn at the same time. Do not seed at the same time.
- Hand pull weeds from the roots.
- Flame weeding machines use a targeted flame to kill weeds. This option is not advisable for drier climates.
- High-pressure steam and boiling water can both be used to kill weeds.
- Goats and geese can both be used to remove weeds.
- Horticultural vinegar is a powerful acid that will non-selectively kill weeds. You can buy horticultural vinegar at a plant nursery or even make your own. Avoid contact with skin, as it is an acid.
- Herbicidal soaps are refined soaps that dry out plants and kill them.