As a gardener, or even a homeowner, you may have noticed a few weeds growing in your garden bed, lawn or even in cement cracks. They’re a common enemy amongst most who stride in taking care of their land. Weeds are a source of annoyance, and their purpose of existence has yet to reach our understanding.
Weeds are typically unwanted in any controlled area, but they somehow end up in every corner and crevice they can fit into. But where do these unwanted visitors come from?
Where do weeds come from?
It’s hard to tell exactly when weeds came into our existence. Many common plants can be dated back to the beginning of time, but weeds and their source have a different story. A plant sprouting weed seeds can be dated back to thousands of years ago. Let’s just say this was somewhere in the Europe-Asia region(s). There are trees that live thousands of years, so we can only imagine how long weeds have been infesting our farms, gardens and just lives in general.
Weeds spread in a variety of ways, including:
- The Wind: Yes, darn that pesky wind! Seeds are commonly picked up by wind gusts and deposited into the most annoying areas only air can reach. That means if the wind can reach it, weed seeds can definitely reach it, too.
- Droppings: Specifically, bird droppings. Birds tend to consume these pesky seeds while they’re off searching for feed. They then pass through their digestive system in tact, leading to seeds being deposited into our land via bird poop. Gross, but true.
- Carriers: Animals, especially those with thick fur or hair, pick up weed seeds in their hide and deposit them when they fall. More of a reason to get mad at your dog or cat when they’re off running in your front lawn.
- Weather: With the wind blowing weeds everywhere, it only worsens when it begins to rain, or even snow. Once the snow melts or the rain settles, seeds can flow in the streams and get deposited into small cracks and crevices. Thanks, rain!
With so many contributors to this weed epidemic, there has to be a way we can keep things at bay. At least for a few days, that is. The best way to fight Mother Nature and her annoying weed tendencies is with Mother Nature herself. That means using organic, natural products, or fighting fire with fire. This is when we turn to a natural weed killer.
Why Go Natural?
A major reason as to why we shouldn’t use a chemical weed killer, especially in our garden, is due to its potential to pollute our ground water, drinking water and/or surface water. Not only can it pollute our water and water supply, but it can seep its way into our households and come into contact with our food and clothing. Even more so, chemical weed killer can stick to our shoes, getting trekked into our homes.
A natural weed killer is beneficial both to your land and home. When you use a chemical weed killer over the course of a long time, the negative affects of it can become much more apparent. Avoid this in total by going with a natural weed killer.
The Best Natural Weed Killer
The best natural weed killer comes within the depths of most of our kitchens, vinegar. Many of us gardeners already use vinegar in the garden, but adding white vinegar to a bed of weeds can easily kill them. Spray some vinegar onto the leaves of the weeds to kills them. Use a controlled mist or spray to avoid over-spraying or soaking surrounding soil.
If you’re looking for a little extra power, simply add in salt and some dish soap. The dish soap acts as a surfactants, which aids in the vinegar and salt sticking more easily to the leaves. Additionally, we add in the salt because it aids in stopping growth. What we’ve found is by using the salt, less weeds pop up in the future. Although, beware as you won’t want to be spraying the salt mixture near any plots you intend to use for planting in the near future.
Of course, if that doesn’t work, another natural weed killer consists of one thing: fire. Mother Nature can’t combat against fire when we use it on her weeds. Burn away any weeds, safely, without harming nearby plants or soil. This is especially great when killing weeds sitting within cracks in cement or tar.
Finding a home remedy and natural way to get rid of weeds is the best way to go. Not only does it prevent you from coming into contact with harmful chemicals, but it promotes a natural solution to something Mother Nature commonly provides.