ON HERBICIDE USE

If you’re concerned about the environment, you’ve probably questioned the use of herbicides for your lawn. Before you use herbicides, the first thing you need to find out is whether or not you really need herbicides, and usually the answer is no. I know this gives you images in your head of painstakingly bending down and pulling out the weeds from the roots one by one, but there are actually many alternatives to getting rid of weeds. The best way to avoid using herbicides is taking action before the weeds even spring up in the first place.

Soil solarization is a method used by new homeowners who have no started landscaping yet or homeowners who want a clean slate. It is a completely organic method and puts protective measures against future weeds before they sprout. The best period for the process is during June or July, where the sun is up for the longest. The land is tilled, raked, moisened, then covered with a polyehtylene sheet with the edges held down with cinder blocks. If you keep the sheet there for 4 to 6 weeks, the sun will do your work for you and bake all the seeds and killing them so that no weeds will sprout in your lawn. After, apply a layer of landscaping fabric, and you’re ready to start planting.

If you must use herbicide, a completely natural alternative to get rid of weeds after they have sprouted is just plain vinegar, but only if the weeds are young. The acetic acid contained in the vinegar acts as the herbicide, although it comes in smaller quantities so you’ll have to apply it at regular intervals.

There are also many weed pullers in the market that make the job of pulling weeds easier. For some of them, you don’t even have to bend down.

If using chemical herbicides are still your only alternative, please be aware that it can be harmful to your family and pets so it’s best to use it responsibly and in very small amounts.