GUEST POST: Removing weeds from your lawn using natural solutions

When you sprinkle your garden, the nutrients that you want your plants to consume might be snatched by the unwanted weeds lying around. I am positive that weeds are plotting world domination. It is all well and fine when we see weeds growing out in the wild, but it is our greatest challenge when it crosses over into our gardens. A weed is an ingrown in our beautifully manicured gardens. Feeling seemingly hopeless about your weed problem? The search is over for I will discuss how to get rid of morning glory – or ANY WEEDS for that matter. We’re only going to talk about 2 simple solutions that you have sitting in your house right now!

Before I go into that, let’s first talk about what morning glory really is. Despite its bright and colorful appearance, this weed that persistently (and quickly) grows easily twists between walls and around those plants you carefully take care of. Morning glory weeds are called Ipomoea and are very closely related to the Convolvulus bindweed plants that are also perennial. They easily reseed almost instantly! They are incredibly annoying, and no matter what type of weed they are, they steal the food and nutrients of the plants we tend to.

So, if you’re having morning glory trouble, read along on how to remove them in just a day or less!

  1. VINEGAR

 

Every household has at least a bottle or a small sachet of vinegar quietly sitting in a cupboard somewhere. This liquid is usually found on many recipes but is rapidly growing to become a cleaning staple.

It removes dirt and stains like magic with all of its very acidic components. Vinegar contains about 5% acetic acid with the minimum of up to 8% acetic acid used as an “inert ingredient. Despite its effects, it is considered safe.

And low and behold, this glorious elixir also kills weeds! But that’s not all. Wait for that perfect sunny day – at least 78 degrees – and in just 24 hours, wipe your gardens clean of those pesky morning glory!

Generously spray the straight-from-the-bottle store-bought white vinegar on the weeds (or you can paint them in if you’ve got time) and allow the sun to burn them all away.

Do your best to avoid spraying the soil so as not to remove any nutrients it contains. But you don’t have to be too cautious with avoiding the soil because vinegar is organic, and it won’t stay in your soil for too long unlike other chemicals designed for removing unwanted plants.

Watch them all wither away and turn crispy brown before you pull them off the following day.

But BEWARE! Vinegar is effective in killing those weeds, but it is also effective in killing your lovely plants. You must take caution when spraying the plants you wish to remove and wish to keep. This method is ideal if you would like to clear out pathways, walls or plots for plowing.

Annual weeds would easily wither with one spray, but the persistent ones would require a few more spraying until their roots give up. This method would be good for one whole season or until you see weeds every now and again.

But worry not, if morning glory and other weeds are growing near your plants, the second method is the answer to getting rid of morning glory without killing your plants.

  1. NEWSPAPER

 If you have old newspapers lying around the house or ready to be thrown out, don’t dispose of them just yet because they could be what you need to save the lives of your plants. Newspapers can be efficiently used to suffocate the morning glory to death!

This is similar to the cardboard method, but I find that newspapers are thinner and thus are easier to penetrate when planting new seeds.

It just takes 3 simple steps:

First, line the newspapers atop all of the weeds you would like remove, carefully avoiding the plants you would like to keep.

Be careful to line the newspapers atop only the plants you wish to remove.

Second, spray the newspapers wet! If you leave the dry papers on their own, they will of course fly away. But wet papers won’t budge and will be very easy to rip.

And lastly, cover the newspapers with at least 3 inches of mulch. Use a mulcher vacuum after to tidy up the area. A combination of dried leaves or old chipped wood would be very effective.

And voila! You have a weed-free bed! If you have plants you want to line along the bed, you can simply pierce through a hole all the way to the soil, and it will grow perfectly fine with your usual routine.

Of course all plants need water and sunlight to photosynthesize and grow, so lining the weeds with newspaper eliminates their access to sunlight. A very simple method but also very effective!

NOTE: Since this technique is old, rumors about the ink in printing the newspapers are toxic. I’m here to dispel those rumors.

Papers are made of wood, so when it decomposes, of course the soil can easily absorb and digest it. But what about the ink? In the past, many of the ingredients found in newspaper ink are greatly toxic. But because of that, the Newspaper Association of America found a safer ingredient for ink after plenty of studies. Soybean oil was found to be effective and environmentally friendly, without sacrificing the quality of the colors.

Remember, the earlier you remove the morning glory from your garden, the faster your plants will grow and bloom! Try it out now if it works for you and leave us a message on the results!

About the author:

Hi there! I’m Lucy – founder of GardenAmbition.com and I’m a self-confessed garden fanatic. Gardening has always been a passion of mine and will always be my favorite pastime. Now that I am married and have one adorable son, I have the time to write and share my personal experiences with other garden enthusiasts like me.

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