Weeds are a real pest for gardeners and when it comes to tackling them organically there is a few viable options, by the end of this guide you should be able to decide which is the best organic weedkiller for you and how to make sure those pesky weeds don’t return in the future.
Avoiding the use of the harshest chemical herbicides will increase your safety whilst both gardening and eating your home grown produce, it also makes it much safer for the children and pets to enjoy your garden without the worry of excluding them from certain areas, and there is nothing more enjoyable than sharing your garden with your loved ones.
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The Best Organic Weedkiller
We think the best method for removing weeds is Neudorff’s Organic Fast Acting Weedkiller, it makes use of a naturally occurring weedkiller called perlagonic acid, it naturally exists in geranium leaves and is very effective at killing the weeds in your garden. This fast acting organic weedkiller can be used against both perennial and annual weeds and weed grasses and works by breaking down the cell walls causing the problem plant to dry out.
This organic weedkiller is 100% biodegradable, which means it breaks down quickly in soil, this prevents any build-up in your soil and it will cause no problems at all for your children or pets, once the area is dry you can use the area as normal straight away. The product is applied using a trigger spray gun which provides accurate and effective application with every use.
The only downside to this weedkiller is that fact that it has no prolonged effect on the weeds and therefore will need re-applying every two to four weeks. We found it most effective in smaller fruit and vegetable plots, it’s spray action is both easy to use and very useful and the effect on the weeds is noticeable within a day. However if you take some preventive action around vegetables you can avoid weeds without the need for even organically sourced products:
The best weed control without chemicals
One of the best ways of doing this is to cultivate the soil, you can do this using a garden hoe, it is easier than hand picking weeds because it exposes and damages the root system, without this the weed will die. If you do this regularly the soil will remain loose between treatments therefore making it more difficult for new weeds to establish and even easier to remove them. Creating a regular watering and maintenance schedule is the best way to avoid problems cause by troublesome plants.
Using mulch for weed control
Another good method of weed protection without chemicals comes in the form of mulch, applying a 5cm thick layer of organic mulch such as straw, grass trimmings or bark chippings will help block the sun, preventing photosynthesis and therefore preventing weeds from establishing. It is very important that you remove all the weeds that are already established before applying the mulch and the best way to do this is a combination of hand weeding and cultivating. You should be careful to suffocating young fruit plants by leaving a gap of around 3cm around the base of each stem. This allows air to each the plant and is required for healthy growth.
Alternatives to mulching
As a possible alternative to mulch you could use weed control fabric, the sheets of fabric create a barrier against weeds which are developing within the soil. The fabric is easy to lay and using a garden knife you can cut into easily in order to equally space your fruit or vegetables. However in our experience we have found this method to be quite expensive and difficult to re-use, plus natural organic mulch rots into the soil providing a natural source of soil replenishment and reduces the need to fertilise.
You could look into reducing the spacing between fruit and vegetable plants which will create a natural reduction in the amount of light passing through the plants canopy, however we find that this can lead to problems due to a lack of space, a lack water availability and a shortage of nutrients within the soil. Ideally you should take action to prevent weeds without jeopardising your crops quality or likelihood of success.
Each method has it’s own advantages and if you are short on time we would suggest Neudorff’s Organic Fast Acting Weedkiller to spot kill weeds which can then be removed more easily after a couple of days. Combine this with a weekly cultivation, taking care around growing plants to avoid root damage, and you will find you weed problem to be a thing of the past. With the weeds gone your vegetable plants can enjoy more of everything they need to grow successfully and you should see crop yields improving and the quality of produce too.