A gardening expert has shared his tips for ridding your outdoor space of weeds without using harsh chemicals – and you probably already have everything you need
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If you’re lucky enough to have a home with outdoor space, you’re probably already enjoying the palette of colors that are starting to appear in your flower beds ready for the summer months.
Unfortunately, as flowers grow and bloom, so do weeds – and if you don’t want to use harsh chemicals and weed killers on your flower beds, they can be difficult to get rid of.
Thanks to the gardening experts at Safer Brand, you don’t have to worry about ruining the flowers you want to grow while getting rid of the ones you don’t, as they told Express.co.uk about perfect hassle-free. hack that rids your garden of weeds.
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Gardening experts say one of the best ways to keep weeds at bay is to “smother” them with mulch, which you can make with newspaper, leaves, straw, or even black tarp.
Mulch smothers weeds and prevents them from getting the necessary nutrients they need from the sun to grow.
Experts said, “Smother your weeds with mulch.
“Don’t throw away the morning paper yet. Paper, leaves, straw, or even a black tarp are great materials to use to smother your weeds.
“Just make sure you put enough mulch over the weeds to block out any light.”
Once you’ve finished reading your newspaper, simply cut the sheets into strips (or use a paper shredder if you wish) and throw the pieces on your flower beds – making sure there’s enough paper to prevent the sun from reaching the weeds.
The paper is biodegradable and will break down over time, which will nourish the plants you want to keep alive.
If you’ve already stuck this morning’s paper in the recycling bin and want to use something garden-specific, the experts at Safer Brand suggest using corn gluten for weed control.
The corn by-product is said to “suppress weeds” because it prevents seed germination and has no effect on established plants.
Experts added, “Corn gluten also provides a healthy dose of nitrogen, which is a nutrient plants need to grow.
And for more chemical-free options, you can use white vinegar, baking soda, boiling water, and lemon juice to help kill weeds.
White vinegar can kill weeds permanently when mixed with dish soap because the acetic acid in the vinegar draws water from the weed, which dries it out.
Baking soda kills weeds by stripping water from plant cells causing weed foliage to dry out, while lemon juice contains citric acid which has a burning effect on weeds when it is is applied directly to it.
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