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How to Get Rid of Garden Weeds Naturally: 4 Methods That Work

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You know just how pesky weeds can be if you are a gardener. You can spend all sorts of time plucking them out just to have them grow right back. Not only does it get in the way of your aesthetics, but it also drains the nutrients from your plants and attracts all sorts of bugs.

There are many different methods to keep weeds out of your garden, but which ones are the best? We rounded up a few techniques for you to use at home to eliminate weed growth in your garden spaces. Let’s take a peek.

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Ridding Weeds from Your Garden

Of course, there are all sorts of products on the market claiming to eliminate weeds in your garden. The problem with chemical compounds is that sometimes these can harm your plants and expose you and your family to toxins that are not the best.

Also, if you have family pets, these chemicals can pose health risks to them, especially if they’re directly exposed. To eliminate those risks, we wanted to round up natural weed remedies.

Weeds can be a real pain for a lot of reasons. Not only do they rob your plants of vital nutrients and grow out of control if left untouched, but they can also have complicated root systems and seeding patterns. You can yank them out by hand, but if they have seeded or deeply formed underground roots, they can sprout right back up despite your efforts.

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The 4 Methods to Rid Weeds Naturally

1. Get Ahead of Weeding in Early Spring

A big problem with getting ahead of a weird problem is waiting too long. Even weeds have pretty profound reproductive qualities, capable of dropping seeds or regrowing from roots. In the early spring, a few immediately start to weed your garden area. You can get to the weeds before they form any reproduction capabilities. So, in the early spring, after you’ve planted your garden, it is imperative to keep up with it.


2. Try an Organic or Homemade Weed Killer

There are tons of homemade concoctions you can whip up without even having to go to the store. You can try organic and homemade weed killers to ensure you know exactly what you’re putting on your garden. After all, you’ll want to eliminate the weeds, not the plants themselves. Even though you are doing it without concocting shins left and right, there are some really cool ideas on Pinterest of different recipes you can toss together to eliminate your weed problem for the year.


3. Put Up a Weed Barrier

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One of the most aesthetically pleasing and easiest ways to remove weeds is to put up some type of landscape barrier. Sometimes these are made of plastic and mesh and many other materials that fit around your grilling plants to smother all weeds that might try to pop through the surface.

Just like anything else on the market, these types of barriers can vary drastically in price from relatively cheap to pretty expensive. However, it really does put solid prevention in place, but it might be time-consuming to articulate.

So if you have the patience to put the barrier in, we highly recommend this method. You don’t have to use any type of chemicals or worry about any sort of treatment.

And you’re definitely not having to pull weeds out by hand. We think this is the most favorable choice of all of our options. That’s why we saved it for last.


4. Use a Type of Mulch

The mulch idea can be used with the weed barrier. Often, people put up a weed barrier and then place mulch on top for an aesthetically pleasing appeal. But you can also weed your flowerbeds very well and then add the mulch to discourage the growth of new weeds. This method isn’t foolproof, especially if you don’t have a weed barrier in place as well. However, it greatly reduces the number of weeds that will grow in your flower beds or gardens, so you have time between pulls.

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Final Thoughts

So now you can see that it’s pretty easy to devise a way to remove weeds without using chemicals. Weeds don’t have to overtake your garden space, and you can keep your area presentable without pulling weeds daily.

Hopefully, our tips will make your life a little easier, and you will find a method that works best for your garden space. Perhaps you’ve used one or a combination of these methods. In any case, we hope that you can avoid pulling weeds from the season forward.


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