When it comes to making sure that your yard remains in as good condition as possible, there are many ways to ensure that this happens. High maintenance is always the most effective answer, but not everyone has the time to deal with trying to maintain a large lawn. The next best option is to tackle the largest problem that most lawns face: weeds.
There are a few different ways that you can try to go about removing weeds. Some people are more than willing to go with herbicide solutions, assuming that they are not trying to plant a garden just yet. Other people might be more comfortable opting for one of the more natural options of removing weeds.
Of course, how easy it is to get rid of the weeds depends entirely on your determination. It can be easy to just spray some weed-killing chemical across your whole yard, but what about the weeds that are hidden under larger plants? These could end up spreading, making your efforts useless.
The one thing to keep in mind when you are working on removing weeds is that you need to be diligent. If even a small bit of the root still remains, then you need to do what you can to get rid of that root so that the weed cannot grow back. Slacking on the weed removal project will only result in problems in the form of even more weeds.
With all of that being said, there are a few different types of weed removal routes that you can go down when you are faced with a large swath of land that needs to have the weeds removed. There are the ways that use physical labor to get the job done, there are the all-natural methods, and then there are the chemical-related methods.
The one you choose depends on the land you are working with, and just how important the other plants in the yard are to you.
The Most Effective, But the Most Time-Consuming
When all is said and done, the best way to get rid of weeds from any land, no matter how big or small, is to dig them up by hand. This ensures that all of the weed is gone, from the flower and leaves to the roots. The one problem with this is that it can quickly become impractical depending on the size of the land.
Pulling weeds by hand typically works with small weeds that have a shallow root system. This also means that you are going to need to know which plants on the land are weeds and which are welcome wild plants. You should always use gardening gloves if you plan to go down this route, as gardening gloves will make the task much, much easier.
If you encounter more stubborn weeds with a more thoroughly intact root system, you might have to use some tools to get the job done. Typically, this would involve using a small hoe to bring up the weed to a point where you can gently pull it from the ground.
It is always crucial that you remember to gently pull the weed from the ground, rather than pull or yank the weed. Being too forceful with the weed can cause the plant to break before you get all of its roots out of the ground, leaving you back where you started, except now the roots are even harder to get to. Being patient and gentle is key with this method.
Do keep in mind that if bending over to pull at the weeds is going to be too hard on your back or body, there are specialized weed removal tools that you can use. It will still take a considerable amount of time to remove all the weeds in a heavily weeded, large portion of land, but having a tool will make it much easier on your actual body.
At the end of the day, the tried and true method of removing weeds by hand might be useful for small yards, gardens, and even some very small farms, but for large portions of land, it can often be more trouble than it’s worth.
Making Use of the All-Natural Weed Killers
Not all weed killers have to be completely herbicidal and chemical in nature. In fact, it is actually extremely easy to create an all-natural weed killer. All you will need is some extra-strength vinegar and you will have all that you need to get the job done right.
With that being said, you will want to focus on white vinegar specifically, as this is the stronger, purer form of vinegar that you can purchase. Pouring that vinegar into a spray bottle and getting ready to tackle all of the weeds in the land can make for a good afternoon or evening adventure, depending on just how large the land is.
If you want to get really specific about things, you will want to look for a white vinegar with an acetic acid content between 10% and 20%. This is when the acidity of the vinegar will reach levels where it can burn things, including skin, leaves, and weed roots. Because it can burn skin, you will always want to wear gloves when you are spreading this stuff across your yard.
Keep in mind that the vinegar does not discriminate what you spray it at. This means that if you have weeds growing in a garden of vegetables that you want to end up keeping, then you should make absolutely sure that you are spraying only the weed and around the base of the weed.
Spraying around the base of the weed helps to ensure that the vinegar gets down to the roots of the plant, making sure there is no way that the weed will be able to return to your yard.
Runner-up All-Natural Weed Killers
In a similar vein, you can consider simply pouring boiling water onto the weeds. Of course, you will need to be careful of any plants that you want to keep or not kill, but this is a very good method to use for widespread weeds across your yard. As always, you should exercise a degree of caution if you choose to pour boiling water over your weeds.
Cornmeal also works as an alternative, but only if you are in an area where cornmeal is inexpensive and easy to get. Cornmeal has natural gluten in it, which has a preemergent in it. This preemergent essentially prevents the weed seeds from germinating, which will prevent the weed from growing at all. Keep in mind that this method can only be done before the weeds have bloomed for the season, since it prevents the weed from growing out of its seed.
Likewise, you can consider sprinkling salt around your land as well. For a more efficient method that doesn’t have the chance of killing off any plants that you actually care about, you will need to place the salt around the base of the growing weed.
For large areas of land, this can be time-consuming, but it is a very, very inexpensive method of controlling where the weeds are growing and where they are not. Keep in mind that this can change the salinity of your soil, preventing certain types of plants from growing where you spread the salt.
If you have a section of bare ground that you would prefer to remain weed-free, then you might want to consider placing newspaper down to prevent anything from growing there, including weeds. You can easily position rocks to work as weights so that the newspaper doesn’t move out of position. This idea can also be thought of as a budget weed barrier, as their function is more or less the same.
Speaking of weed barriers, these are the final solution that you can consider when you are trying to decide which all-natural weed killer you are going to go with. By depriving weeds of their precious sunlight and moisture, the weeds will end up withering away and dying. Unfortunately, so will most other plants underneath a weed barrier.
However, if you don’t want weeds, grass, clover, or any other plants getting into an area designated for mulch or decorative stone near a specific type of plant, putting down a weed barrier is going to be a great way to ensure that no weeds grow.
Considering the Chemical Solution
Sometimes the easiest choice is to begin considering weeding products. Unfortunately, weeding products are not as much of a problem solver as many people would like to believe that they can be. While they will absolutely kill out all of the weeds on the large swath of land you are working on, you are still going to have to pull up the husks of the weeds.
At this point, you are back to the idea of pulling weeds by hand, except now your yard has a considerable amount of questionable chemicals in it, and nobody really appreciates this. However, if you are worried about not being able to differentiate wild plants from weeds, knowing that it will only be the dead plants that you have to pull up will make things much easier for you.
Aside from pulling up all of the now dead weeds across the land, this method is generally one of the quickest at making sure that as many weeds as possible die. Typically, herbicides will take effect in between one and two days, although you might start seeing an effect sooner than that, depending on how strong the weeds are.
Keep in mind that this should always, always be a last resort to choose. Pulling up weeds by hand is already tedious enough as it is, and adding inorganic chemicals to the mix is only going to make problems worse for your land in the future. You should only consider herbicides if you have tried every other traditional weed-removing method and the weeds are still crawling up all over the place.
Things to Note About Weed Removal
You might not think about it all that much at first, but the truth is that there are actually quite a few things that you will want to consider and think about while you are in the process of weeding things out. For one, you might not think about when you should begin tackling your weed-removal project, or what you can do to ensure that weeds don’t come back to the property.
Generally, you should remove weeds when the soil is damp, as this helps significantly with the process of removing weeds by hand. You should never try to uproot weeds when the soil is too dry, as this increases the chances of the weed snapping and the roots remaining in the dirt.
If you have no rain in the forecast for a while, you can speed the process up by hosing down the entire lawn that you are caring for and letting it soak overnight to simulate the soil getting wet. Knowing when to remove the weeds is going to be key in planning out the entire weed removal process, so it is important to know the best time to get the job done.
When all is said and done at the end of the day, the best way to make sure that weeds aren’t attempting to grow on your property again is to make sure that you thoroughly kill them off. If you kill off all the weeds, then not only will the previously empty space be taken up by other root systems, but you also won’t have to deal with any more weeds across the entire premise of the property.
Although, you can still mix mulch and weed preventer to add to gardens and garden squares if you want to ensure that no weeds will interrupt your garden. The combination of mulch, which is naturally weed-resistant, and the combination of a chemical weed preventer will work together to prevent any possibility of new weeds spawning while simultaneously removing current weeds from the area.