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Organic Weed Control Basics

By on March 04, 2011

Tricia getting rid of weeds with a flamer

Organic weed control does not just mean getting on your hands and knees to pull weeds.

We’ve got a whole slew of techniques to get rid of the weeds in your garden (without the R word).

Take a look at the variety of ways Tricia prevents and tackles weeds in our new video on weed control (and see which one she says is the most fun to use).

The world of mulch and films

All our natural mulches are biodegradable and will eventually break down into your soil.

One of our favorite mulches to spread on garden beds is Mega Mulch, made from sustainable and renewable coconut shells. It will block light from reaching weed seeds.

If you’d like a heavier mulch, try our Cocoa Mulch (pro: adds the aroma of chocolate to your garden, con: should not be used if you have dogs).

For a quick and easy weed blocker around the base of new trees, lay down a Coco Fiber Weed Mat (we have two sizes).

If you need an alternative to peat moss, for mulching or soil amendment, we carry CocoPeat. It’s made from renewable resources and by using it you will be preserving the remaining peat bogs.

Mulching films and cloth are also effective light blockers that suppress weeds. Tomatoes and strawberries do especially well when surrounded by our red mulching film (as shown in the video). Black weed fabric is another popular choice.

Soil solarization is done with clear plastic; that lets the sun’s rays in and cooks the weed seeds.

Flaming

Want some entertainment while you zap weeds? Try one of our Red Dragon flamers with a propane tank to apply heat to the weed, and burst its cells. Used on farms, between rows of crops, it’s also effective in gravel areas, or for cracks in paved driveways and sidewalks. Keep a hose handy, just in case. Here’s the flamer Tricia uses in our video. She added a squeeze valve.

Organic herbicides to spray

If you’d like a spray alternative that will burn leaves of weeds, try one of our organic herbicides, such as Avenger, or WeedZap. All of these are “non-selective” herbicides which means they will harm any plant they contact, so make sure you spray only the weeds. And wear your protective gear.

The herbicides are effective on grassy and broadleafed weed plants, up to 6 inches tall. Spray enough to coat the weed well.

The active ingredients in the different products can include clove oil, vinegar, and d-limonene.

The most fun—pulling up weeds with the Fiskars UpRoot® Weeder

Watch Tricia making short work of weeds with this improved tool!

With a SIMPLE step-down & pull-back movement, the serrated, stainless steel tine grasps upstart plants and plucks them neatly from the soil, roots and all.

You don’t have to bend to use the tool, or even to toss the weed in a bucket for disposal. And the Arthritis Association gave this tool an “ease of use” commendation. The UpRoot® is a super tool for pulling up perennial weeds with tap roots (like dandelions) or clumps of perennial grasses.

For even more choices, check out our array of weeders and hoes. Use them to cut off annual grasses and broadleaf weeds as they sprout, or to dig out perennial broadleaf and grassy weeds.

We hope this inspires you to have some fun with getting rid of those weeds. There are so many ways to do that organically. No R_______ required!

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