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Monday, June 17, 2019

Natural Ways To Control The Weeds


  I am not a fan of all the weeds that grow like crazy year round. When it rains here, we get even more weeds. I live in the desert of Albuquerque New Mexico and we don’t get much rain here but this year we had an abundance of rain this past spring, way more than usual. I think we have even set records for the rain. So all that rain has meant more than the usual amount of weeds. So that has left me looking for a new way to control the weeds. I so want my summer yard cleanup day not to be an all-day project. A new way that does not involve any nasty toxic chemical products like Roundup as I do not want these cancer-causing chemicals in my yard.


Killing the weeds without toxic chemicals

 I usually spray the weeds that grow in my yard with a non-toxic homemade weed spray and that does a good job of killing the weeds quickly. This year has been different for weed control as the rain has left me with way too many weeds. I had sprayed the weeds with my DIY weed spray at the beginning of May and pulled way too many weeds, but more weeds grew. I think the windy spring planted more seeds than usual this year and the rain caused them to grow.  So I am tired of pulling weeds and I am trying something different this year with my weed prevention to see if I can prevent the weeds from growing in the first place. I am looking at natural ways beyond pulling the weeds, to kill the weeds. I don’t want to use harmful chemicals on my yard like the stuff Monsanto produces. I have known for years that the weed sprays like Roundup have been linked to diseases like cancer so I have avoided using them in my yards for a long time. I love that the recent lawsuits against Monsanto have made people aware of the dangers of glyphosate.


Using black plastic to prevent weeds from growing

  My yard is made for the desert, so I do not have grass in my yard. My yard is xeriscaped with drought-resistant plants and rocks. I have a big yard that is loaded with rocks and weeds. One would think that weeds could not grow on the rocks, but they do. The weeds here have long roots that push their way through the rocks. So, I decided to see if laying thick black plastic on the ground could kill the existing weeds and prevent the weed seeds from growing. I discovered this technique online as this is a popular way to prepare the soil for growing a garden. The thick 2ml black plastic is supposed to keep the seeds from getting the sunlight that they need to grow. While the black plastic is supposed to heat things up to basically kill the weeds. You do have to leave the plastic cover over the ground for two months for all this to happen.  This method works best when the weather is warm, so summer is the ideal time. This technique is good for large spaces and it will kill everything growing underneath it so don’t lay the plastic over your grass unless you want to kill your grass. If you have a concrete patio that has weeds over it, this plastic would be great for laying over. Sure, laying down plastic means my yard looks ugly for a couple of months but if this works then I will have a nice yard the rest of the year. This black plastic method would be ideal for a space that you want to grow a garden. You can find this black plastic in the paint section at hardware stores and stores like Walmart. The plastic comes in rolls of different length. The plastic was easy to lay on the ground and I used bricks and rocks to hold it down. I mostly laid the plastic over the problem areas of my yard. I used big rocks and bricks to hold the plastic in place as it can get windy here.




Non-toxic homemade weed spray

 Another way that I kill the weeds is with a natural non-toxic weed spray that uses three ingredients. Most people even have these ingredients in their pantry. This safe weed spray does a great job of killing the weeds without chemicals. It is a safe weed spray that kills most any plant that you spray it on. This safe homemade weed killer works in 24 hours. So, make sure to not spray it on your grass or it will kill it. I am able to use this spray in my yard as I spray it on the weeds that grow on my rocks. This DIY safe weed spray is great for the weeds that grow on the sidewalk, driveway, or patio.



Pulling the weeds

 The most natural way to control the weeds is to pull them. This may work for the big weeds, but it really does not work for the ones with the long hard to pull root or those tiny pain in the but weeds. If you are one of the lucky people who only have a few weeds in their yard than pulling the weeds method works. My yard has way too many weeds for me to pull them all at once, but I will pull some of the weeds and then use the above methods also to control my weeds.

 These are some of the natural ways that I control the weeds in my yard. This is the first year that I am trying the black plastic method and I am hoping that it works to prevent the weeds from growing. I am not a fan of yard work and I really hate pulling weeds every year. I want to be able to enjoy my yard in the summer so I will do anything to control the weeds as long as it does not involve toxic chemicals. My yard is my place to relax and a place for my kids to play. My favorite place to relax in my yard is under my pergola on my purple Adirondack chairs that I restored myself a couple of years ago.


How do you control the weeds in your yard?



26 comments:

  1. What a beautiful yard. I'm going to tell my husband about these tricks. We have some coming up in the rocks right now. Is that a snake in the last picture? AAAHHH!!!

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    1. It is a fake snake. I like to decorate my yard with fake animals. We do have real snakes here but I have never seen any in my yard.

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  2. OMG we're struggling with weeds right now so bad, and with dogs it's hard to deal with them! Thank you so much for this post!

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  3. I will try these out. We have some bad weeds in the backyard that I need to get rid of. Your backyard looks awesome.

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  4. I love your back yard area! We don't have a big weed issue in our yard, but we have been wanting to clean up the yard and build an outdoor entertaining area.

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  5. Your garden looks lovely, what a place to get to sit back and relax in! I love how you have put it together. Our garden has been horrid for weeds this year! Just a nightmare.

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  6. Here is this yes that is useful for my garden! I will apply your advice!

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  7. I wish I had come across this 10 years ago as I had to deal with some weeds in my one of my gardens. It is so great to know that you found a way to solve the weed problem.

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  8. This was very informative. I like the non toxic options...especially for our two fur babies.

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  9. Oh a natural way to control weeds! This is a great idea! I love this post.

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  10. Weeds are the bane of my husband’s existence. We use a lot of black plastic but haven’t tried non-toxic spray yet.

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  11. I love your backyard! My husband really wants to xeriscape our front yard. It would be so much easier then dealing with weeds!

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    1. Make sure to lay down xeriscape landscape fabric to help prevent weeds. We have it in our front yard but not it the backyard so we have more weeds in the backyard

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  12. Some weeds can cause real issues around my yard. This is an excellent way to do it the green way!

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  13. I am actually impressed by all of this since the beginning. All of them are so clever and stuff I never thought of. You are the weed control queen.

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  14. I saw some weeds this morning and they've got to go. Since there are so many animals around here, I don't like to use anything with chemicals. I'll try the non-toxic homemade weed spray and see if it will get rid of the pesky weeds for me.

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    1. I am glad you are chemical free for the animals

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  15. I live in an area where we have a lot of grass, so I can mow a lot of my yard and not care too much about the weeds, but the previous owner mad a large rock path, which was beautiful when when we moved in, but with having a newborn at the time, it was quickly overgrown with weeds. I've had a difficult time ever since getting rid of them. These are great tips!

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    1. Those weeds sure do grow fast. Congrats on the new baby.

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  16. Weeds can be so annoying! These are great tips on how to manage these naturally!

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  17. I've never been around anything other than grass in the yard. I can see how weeds can drive you nuts. They are definitely a huge problem while gardening. I've definitely thought about using the black plastic. It's way better to instead of toxic weed killer around my veggies.

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  18. You forgot the best method; kids! My personal favorite way to get weeds, and keep the kids out the house for a while

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  19. We struggle with weeds at my house. The biggest hurdle I run into is finding a weed killing method that isn't going to harm my dog.

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  20. My husband is the "gardener" here at home. Will tell him about this. Thanks!

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  21. Thanks so much for sharing these as I currently have a weed issue in my garden but don't want to use harsh chemicals

    Laura x

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  22. Wow never thought about the black plastic or the homemade weed spray. Yes less chemicals to kill the weeds the better.

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