The Q&A Archives: Weed Control

Question: Due to a wet spring, my gardens, driveways pathways, etc. over 2 acres are overgrown with weeds and grasses of all kinds. I hate to use harsh chemicals, and pulling or cutting seems to just plant more seeds. Any advice?

Answer: For long-term, organic weed control we recommend using strategies that not only attack or eliminate the weed (hand pulling, natural herbicides), but also techniques that reduce or eliminate the habitat supporting the weed. Methods of habitat modification include: planting competing plants, using barriers and limiting water and/or light. Natural herbicides are effective and earth-friendly, breaking down rapidly in the environment. You can use boiling water (protect your feet and ankles!) to kill weeds; hot vinegar will do the same. You can use a flamer (basically a flame fueled by propane) to incinerate the weeds. Or you can use a product called Scythe. It's a non-selective post-emergence herbicide. Made of natural fatty acids, Scythe Herbicide works by removing or ?burning? the waxy cuticle of green vegetation. It will not move through soil to injure nearby plants.

Hope you get a handle on those weeds before they go to seed and spread everywhere!

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