by Amy Gordon
(last updated September 21, 2018)
Gardening is hard work. Anyone who thinks gardening is easy has never really experienced gardening. Things go wrong all the time, and one of the most common things to go wrong is weeds. Even after working for hours on end to ensure that only the plants you want will grow, inevitably weeds will crop up. These pests are quick growers and can spring up in almost any conditions. If only the good plants grew like this!
Removing weeds is extremely difficult, no matter what method you use. One common method is herbicides, but many people are concerned of the unnatural chemicals that enter into the environment. If you want to use a more natural herbicide, consider using organic herbicide. Before you do, however, read on, because there are important things for you to know.
An organic herbicide is an herbicide that is based on natural occurring goods. Although now there are some organic herbicides emerging into the market using a variety of spices, the most common organic herbicide is acetic acid, which comes from vinegar. Acetic acid used in high enough concentrations and applied repeatedly can kill nearly any weed. Unfortunately, unlike its chemical counterparts such as RoundUp, acetic acid mainly kills surface growth. That means that the weeds are still in the ground and will grow back. This means that you will have to constantly apply the acetic acid every time the weeds grow, rather than just once.
Another thing to keep in mind about organic herbicides is that just because it is organic does not mean that it is healthy. Although acetic acid will not be as toxic as a synthetic herbicide, it can still be dangerous if used in the wrong way. Be sure to check the label and follow all the instructions before use.
If you do not mind applying your herbicide more often, organic herbicides are generally a good alternative. Just remember to be careful when using them, an do not get frustrated when the weeds grow back.
FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured gardening tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."