The Q&A Archives: Natural Weed Killer

Question: I have weeds growing in a large flower bed. What can I use that won't kill the flowers and bulbs that is natural? Thank you.

Answer: The most natural methods would be to hand pull or dig them out by the roots, or to smother them. To smother weeds, trim them off short and cover with several layers of damp newspaper. Overlap the edges to exclude light. Top the paper with about three inches of organic mulch. This will hide the paper and help keep down the weeds. Rake the mulch to keep it fluffed up and replenish as needed to keep it at about three inches thick. Over time, the paper and mulch will rot down and help feed the soil. I hope this helps.

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