You may have noticed a green tinge to the landscape lately. That’s because landscapers are out in force, spraying our world with Round-up.
This weed killer is poisoning our environment – the last thing in the world we need with all of the other toxins we deal with every day. It is not biodegradable, and ends up in our drinking water. The inert ingredients have been shown to damage human embryonic cells.
So what to do about weeds? First what kind of weeds? Landscapers are spraying desert wildflowers with poison, which makes no sense. First and foremost, we need to learn to stop requiring our roadsides and common areas in residential developments completely void of plants. If we let the wildflowers and native grasses grow, we don’t need weed control.
If this sounds too radical, then try vinegar. Yes, vinegar. Store bought cider vinegar, at five percent acidity, makes an excellent weed killer. It may take more than one application, but at least it won’t pollute our groundwater. There is also Horticultural Vinegar available on Amazon. This is 20% acidity, and will knock those weeds dead in one application.
Another option: a weed flamer. Weed Dragon is the only brand available right now, and it is available at Ace Hardware or on Amazon. This is a propane torch-but the idea is NOT to burn the weeds or set them on fire, your goal is to pass the flame over a GREEN weed, which boils the water in the plant cells, killing the weed. The bonus is the flame also kills weed seeds on the ground.
If you are paying someone to handle your weed problems, then tell them you will NOT tolerate chemicals. Tell them you want them to use a garden hoe. After all, you’re paying them to do it your way.
Whatever method you choose, it always pays to get weeds when they are a mere one or two inches tall. The bigger the weed, the harder it is to get rid of.