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Keeping Weeds Away the Chemical-Free Way

Updated on May 6, 2013

Weeds: The Gardener's Nemesis

Weeds are every gardener's nemesis. The only gardeners that don't have weed problems in their flowers and vegetables are those that use weed management products. Some gardeners tend to use over-the-counter products that are laden with chemicals. However, more and more gardeners are switching to natural, chemical-free products for their garden. Most chemical-free methods of weed control are those which you can make yourself from things you have around the house. A few other things are affordable and easily obtained.

Organic Mulch

Organic mulch is a good weed control option. A good, thick layer of mulch discourages weed growth through prevention. It covers the soil between plants you are growing which prevents any weeds from germinating which stops the problem before it starts. Cover the bare soil in and around your garden with a good amount of organic mulch.

Thick Lawn Cover

Just like mulch, a good, healthy and thick lawn cover makes for a good offense when it comes to weed control. Not only will grass by a good deterrent but also plants that provide thick ground cover will deter weed growth. Thick lawn cover aids in keeping weeds away.

Landscape Fabrics

Landscape fabric is another preventative measure you can use instead of chemicals to control weeds in your garden. You should be able to find affordable landscape fabrics online.

Newspaper or plastic sheets can also be used but they are not as well-recommended as landscape fabric.

Organic Herbicides

Organic herbicides that contain natural ingredients instead of chemicals are much better for your garden as well as for your health. This is especially true when you are growing food to eat. You don't want to add chemicals to your diet. Organic herbicides contain things like natural citrus oil, vinegar or botanical pyrethrins to help with weed control.


Vinegar is considered a natural weed control product. You can use your distilled white vinegar you use to clean around the house, but it will take more of it than if you buy vinegar that is higher in acetic acid. You may find some organic herbicides that use the correct balance of vinegar as a weed killer.

Corn Gluten Meal

If used correctly and during the rights times of the year, corn gluten meal makes a good weed prevention solution. You should not think you can use it once and it keeps weeds at bay all year long because that's not going to happen. It makes a better lawn fertilizer than a weed control solution though it does cause dehydration in the weeds which is what keeps them at bay.

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Vodka is most effective when it's used in plants that require full sun. It takes the sun to make Vodka a good weed killer. You do need to remove the dead weeds from your garden. Gin works the same way as vodka. You simply put the vodka or gin in a spray bottle and spray the weeds.

Soap and Water

Dish soap and water makes a good weed killer. You make it using 80 percent water and 20 percent dish soap. Spray the mixture on the weeds and totally soak them. The soap kills weeds and is best used on sunny, hot days. How amazing is it that simple soap and water can help with keeping weeds away?

Boiling Water

Boiling water has proven to be one of the best weed killers you can use. A good method for using boiling water is to use a kettle. Heat a kettle of water on the stove until boiling. Carefully pour the boiling water directly on the weeds. Try to keep the area as concentrated as possible and right on each weed to avoid causing any other plants to be scorched. Use an oven mitt to avoid getting burned and avoid splashing by holding the kettle just a few inches above the weeds.

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By Kleuske Dandelion

Solutions for Sidewalk Weeds

These are some solutions best used for killing weeds in the cracks of your sidewalk and in other crevices around the ouside of your home. Just sprinkle or spray these solutions for weed control on the weeds in the cracks and crevices.

*Baking Soda

*Soap and Water




Safety and Keeping Weeds Away

Avoid getting any of these solutions on your flowers or vegetables or they too will die with the weeds. Also avoid getting any on your lawn as it will cause it to die as well. Used properly all these solutions are safer than chemicals for keeping weeds away.

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      CeLestialCameo LM 4 years ago

      @SheilaMilne: I am glad you like the article and I hope you find a good way to get rid of weeds for your garden. Thank you.

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      SheilaMilne 4 years ago from Kent, UK

      You have some great suggestions here, and I'm going to try them out.

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      CeLestialCameo LM 4 years ago

      @JoanieMRuppel54: Thank you jsr54. I am a firm believer in the vinegar. :)

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      Joanie Ruppel 4 years ago from Keller, Texas

      Some very interesting ways to keep weeds at bay. I'm going to try the vinegar! Thanks!