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Posted on July 22, 2017 by Bruce MacNaughton

What is a weed?

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.”

We avoid using harsh chemicals on the grounds of the Preserve Company and the Gardens of Hope. Chemicals in weed killers are harmful to human, animal, and bird health. I personally believe they are not needed.

We use a simple vinegar spray to keep weeds under control. All you need is a spray bottle! This is extra powerful if you spray when it’s hot and sunny outside. The vinegar essentially cooks the weeds. No chemicals necessary!

For an even more effective weed killer, add an ounce of dish soap per gallon of vinegar. For something even more powerful, add a ¼ cup of salt.

For more established weeds with large root systems, try boiling water. This works best on walkways. Do keep in mind that this method will kill insects living in the soil, so save this for hard to reach areas like patio and walkway cracks.

Whichever method you choose, vinegar or boiling water, you may need to reapply.

And before you go killing the weeds, remember the word of Emerson. Are dandelions all that bad? Personally, I leave as many as I can to feed the bees.

Do you have some natural methods for weed control to share? Please leave a comment!

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1 Comment

Xandra van der Geer

Posted on July 23, 2017

Hi Bruce,

I totally agree about your way of treating weeds. I use the vinegar/salt/soap solution. But ONLY on my driveway and walkways, which are gravel and hard to weed by hand. In my flowerbeds I use my own hands. No better therapy than that.
In my opinion everything what grows where “I” don’t want it is a weed. So Dendelions and Clover stay on my lawn for, as you already mentioned, feeding the so important bees!! ?

Love your blog!!

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