Weeds in Australia

Kill Weeds Homemade Organic Control

Kill Weeds Homemade Organic Control

Best Homemade Organic Weed killers

Weeds in AustraliaA part of growing your own garden is learning how to deal with uninvited guest plants called grass and broadleaf weeds. Using harmful and poisonous chemicals to control weeds in your home garden is becoming a thing of the past. More and more people in Australia are switching to organic gardening traditions to tend to their patches of paradise. As an organic gardener, you want to find environmentally safe ways to control the problem of weeds. Weed seeds below the top inch of soil tend to not get enough sunlight to sprout. But those weeds above the top inch that do sprout deprive the plants you want to grow and flourish in your garden. Water, nutrients, sunshine, and growth space are all desperately needed. You want to remove weeds in the nicest and most cooperative way possible while keeping in mind the lovely garden of your dreams that you aspire to have.

Kill Weeds Homemade Organic Control

There are several affordable, natural, easy, and safe ways to organically tend to weeds in your garden. The first and least harmful way to establish weed control is by doing some weed pulling. Some weeds like dandelions tend to be harder to pull up than others and it is best to try to remove them before they get a chance to mature. An old-fashioned method of making weed control easier is to pull up weeds after it rains. The dampness of the soil and roots allows for weeds to seemingly pop up from the ground. In dryer conditions, it is better to use a hoe with a sharp edge to cut off weeds a little below the soil line. This will cause them to shrivel and die allowing them to be easily removed from the ground. Lopping off the heads of weeds before permitting them to seed will decrease the number of weeds in your garden.

  • Did you know if you pull a weed out of the ground in the afternoon it is much easier to pull out than in the mornings because the ground is more open in the afternoon, this includes young and mature weeds?

Common weeds in gardener’s gardens are determined by the pH and kind of soil that the weeds like

  • For example, if you see any of the sorrel family growing in your garden it’s a good indication your soil is very poor and acidic and you need to improve your soil to a higher pH so the sorrel weed will never grow and set seed there.
  • When I see marshmallow weed growing, I know the soil is rich in potassium.
  • When I see red clover, I know the earth is deficient in potassium.

10 other ways to cut down on your level of weeds is to

  1. Plant ground cover plants like white Jasmine thereby outnumbering the weeds.
  2. Placing the plants you want to grow close enough together to shade the soil will also restrict weed plant growth.
  3. Ground covering plants simply out-compete weeds for nutrients, moisture, and light.
  4. Smother the weeds with newspaper, mulch, or both. Cover the weeds in such a way that they will not receive enough or any sunlight to thrive and consequently expire.
  5. Pouring boiling hot water directly onto the weeds will cause them to rapidly die.
  6. Running a flame over them will cause death within days.
  7. Depriving weeds from receiving sufficient amounts of water is another effective method to reduce their growth by 50 to 70 percent.
  8. Use a drip or upside-down soaker hose beneath mulch to adequately irrigate the soil for only the plants you want to multiply.
  9. Vinegar by itself or as a mixture with half water forms a deadly homemade weed killer. The eight percent by volume acetic acid in vinegar is the key homemade weed killing component. Be careful though, while vinegar kills the top of the weed but it may not kill weeds with taproots.
  10. A strong solution of baking soda is good for smaller weeds, especially if those weeds are hard to get to and the roots are difficult to remove. Pouring the mixture on and around the weed will exterminate the weed.

Below ‘tumble weed’ what a mess! I get this amongst my daylilies in the garden some years.

Tumble Weed Australia Makes a Mess

Names to Identify Australian Broadleaf and Grass Weeds

Some Common Broadleaf flat weeds that grow in Australia are sometimes found growing in lawns during winter or spring can be also found on the side of the road and in farmers paddocks these are – Paterson’s Curse, Swinecress, Thistle, Shepherds Purce, Creeping Oxalis, Nutgrass, Paspalum, dandelion, Docks, Chickweed, Capeweed, Deadly Nightshade, Bindii, Wire Weed, Dandelion, Clover, cudweed, Creeping wood Sorrel and Marshmallow. Some of the grasses are Crabgrass, Bermuda grass, silver Crabgrass, Tumbleweed, Onion Grass Weed, and Paspalum. Some of these weeds are very invasive they can also smother plants in your garden.

These are all efficient and effective ways to prevent and keep your garden naturally weed free for seasons to come.

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