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Advice for Organic Weed Control

Aug 20, 2008
Have you ever thought about using organic weed control instead of using the traditional man made chemicals? If you have, you are not alone. Take a trip to your local garden store and you will find countless products for your lawn that are organic, and you will find that almost every worker there will have countless suggestions on how to use organic products on
your lawn.

However, even with this abundant amount of resources, many people are still confused as to how they can achieve a weed-free lawn using organic weed control.

These people think that the chemical products are really the only way to kill their weeds. Yes, it is true that roundup will kill everything better than just about any organic product. But is that what is needed for your lawn?

Of course, many products exist that will kill the dandelions that pop up in your yard, but does that mean that you should use the products without looking at what the organic alternatives can do. And can you possibly ignore the environmental effects, even when these negative environmental effects will actually hurt your lawn in the long run?

The fact is, chemical herbicides and weed killers are not the best products for you to use to control the weeds in your lawn. Not only are there good organic alternatives that often are cheaper, but the chemical herbicides have horrible effects on the environment and your lawn.

First, let's talk about the effects on the environment. Look at the labels on your chemicals and check out the ingredients. Would you want to drink that stuff? If it kills everything on your lawn, what do you think it would do to your baby who drinks it?

Of course, you are not going to literally give the weed killer to your baby to drink, but what happens if that weed killer you put on your lawn soaks down into the water supply? Or what if you accidentally wash off your lawn tools on the cement and the
chemicals run down the gutter and then into the water supply.

Unfortunately, this does happen quite often and decreases the quality of water that you, I, and our children drink. Furthermore, those chemicals will harm your lawn. When many of the man made chemicals seep down into your lawn's soil, they will kill any worms or other life that exists in its path. This is horrible for your soil, such worms and other organisms are very important for building and maintaining your soil.

So you may kill the weeds, but you will also kill your soil and eventually your lawn.
In order to prevent this from happening, and to prevent weeds from killing your lawn, I would suggest that you use organic weed control products.

Products such as corn gluten can kills weed seedling within days of application, without any of the negative side effects. Put this on before
weeds emerge and the weeds chance of survival decreases dramatically.

Spot treat your weeds with vinegar instead of using a pesticide. Vinegar will kill the weeds without negative effects (of course, it will also kill grass, so make sure you only spot treat).

The fact is that many organic products exist to help you not only maintain your lawn and kill weeds at the same time. These products will get the job done, maintain your soil quality, and not harm the environment.
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