You would like your garden to be pest and weed free but using pesticides and chemical weed killers will render your garden a health hazard and effectively off limits for you and your family. Choosing organic or natural alternatives is not only safer but can also be more economical. There are numerous nature friendly, toxic chemical free alternatives that can be used to kill weeds and get rid of pests.
Here are some tips to help you choose an effective natural alternative today.
Weeding By Hand
Unwanted weeds deplete nutrients from soil besides being an eyesore in your beautiful garden. Weeding by hand may be time consuming but it is the best way to remove weeds without impacting healthy plants in the process.
Weed out unwanted plants by hand
Kitchen vinegar has a 5% acetic acid concentration, which is not enough to kill mature weeds but will effectively destroy newly sprouted, still to establish weeds. You will need to spray the area with vinegar at least two times and wait for 24 hours before re-planting garden plants in the sprayed area.
Use a vinegar spray
to kill weed
Boiling water is not a practical solution for an entire garden; however, it is perfect for getting rid of weeds growing between garden tiles and in crevices. Pour a tumbler filled with boiling water over weeds to kill them permanently.
Use boiling water
to kill weeds
There are a wide range of insects that are garden friendly and actually help maintain bio-diversity, by cross pollinating plants and attacking populations of harmful insects, essentially providing a 'natural' pest patrol! In order to maintain a balance of plant friendly insects, grow plants, like aromatic herbs and flowers, to invite them into your garden.
Beneficial insects like earthworms act as natural pest killers in the garden
Easily Prepared Natural Pesticides
Simple products from your kitchen will make an effective pesticide that works wonders on unwanted insects without damaging plants or soil. Diluted kitchen dish washing soap in a spray bottle is a pesticide that can easily wash off and kill the vermin on your plants.
A mix of soap,
water and lemon to kill the insects in your garden
Use of pheromone traps
Pheromone traps replicate the scent of an insect’s mate which lures insects to perch on a sticky surface that acts as a trap. These easy to use, non-polluting traps are very effective and target specific pests in your garden, leaving beneficial insects unharmed. Pheromone traps emanate a scent in small quantities over a specified period of time and are usually placed at the beginning of the planting season.
traps used to attract insects and pests
Choose a natural alternative for the very first time today and do share the fabulous weed and pest free results with us in the comments section below!