When the weather's nice, everything grows. It's a wonderful thing when flowers burst into bloom; not so nice when weeds do the same. If you want to get ride of unsightly weeds, but you don't want to use toxic chemicals, try these environmentally sound techniques:
Begin by cutting the weeds close to the ground with a pair of garden shears. This weakens the weed and makes it more apt to succumb to super-heated water. Fill a tea kettle with water, and bring it to the boiling point. Pour the boiling water directly on the weeds, and that will be the end of them.
Weeds such as crabgrass and clover need plenty of sunlight. Cover them with a layer of newspaper, and they won't be able to to grow. Secure the paper with a few well-placed rocks to keep it from blowing away. It won't take long for the lack of light to kill the weeds.
If you want to do away with everything that grows in a particular part of your yard, apply salt. Rock salt and table salt are both very effective plant killers. Use with caution, however, because salt application will make the ground unsuitable for planting anything for a long time.
Vinegar is an effective weed killer that's especially useful for getting rid of dandelions, plantain, burdock and other weeds with long tap roots. Simply douse the center of the weed with a generous amount of white vinegar, and they'll practically shrivel before your eyes. You can even use the leftover juice from a jar of pickles to kill bothersome weeds.
The most environmentally-safe way to do away with weeds involves a pair of gardening gloves and a bit of elbow grease. Pulling weeds is a time-honored tradition and provides healthful exercise, too. Pulling weeds from damp soil is relatively easy, so plan to yank weeds after a rain shower or after watering your garden.
Try these simple, planet-friendly tricks to rid your lawn and garden of weeds without doing any damage to the environment.