Generally speaking weeds will grow best in soil that is not rich in
minerals. Weeds need mineral deficient soil to grow in, so keep your
lawn well fed with minerals and natural bacteria. You will have very
few weeds establishing themselves in your lawn. Proper weed control
is established thru:
Proper mowing of lawns
Always pull up weeds before you mow to avoid spreading the seeds. Keep a sharp
Regular deep watering is better then often shallow watering. Watering in AM is
better then watering in PM.
Stop using chemical fertilizers. Stop the high nitrogen cycle. Organics will
provide plenty of nitrogen etc as needed by the lawn for healthy weed-free growth. Give
lawns plenty of rock dust which provides minerals needed by healthy lawns. Provide your
lawns with a top dressing of old horse manure or aged compost at least yearly. Chicken
manure top dressed on your lawn 4 times per year will keep your lawn green and healthy.
There are many natural fertilizers available on the market today.
Making your own Organic Lawn Fertilizer
5 lbs Alfalfa meal
5 lbs Rock dust or gypsum
20 lbs compost (Finely ground)
10 lbs Aged chicken manure or Llama manure or rabbit manure (finely ground), or
5 lbs coffee grounds
5 lbs white sugar
10 lbs Earthworm castings
Mix well together. All items should be run thru a fine screen. Apply as needed.
Making your own liquid lawn food for spraying
1 cup Nitron A-35
1 oz Superseaweed
1 cup Agri-Gro
1/2 lb Rock dust
1/2 lb Alfalfa meal
1/2 lb Seaweed meal
1 cup molasses or sugar
1 can of Beer
Mix together and place into a panty hose tied into a ball. Allow to sit in filtered water
or solarized water for an hour, strain and spray onto lawns. Best time is early am. See making your own foliar spray chapter for more.
Of course the above is just an example, try making your own from
others similar products.
Hand pulling of the weeds is an easy and natural way to control weeds. I
suggest that you first spray the weeds with a mixture of Dr Bronners Soap and Safer Quick
Shot soap (50/50) the day before (see below). This makes pulling the weeds up easier.
Weeds can also be sprayed with this mixture and left in the ground. They will decompose
and provide food for the soil. Test the strength of the soap mixture. Make to strength as
Using Natural Soaps.
Weeds can be controlled by using natural soaps. Soap will burn them and they
will die without having to remove them from the soil. Test for strength by applying
directly onto a weed, mark the weed then see the results the next day. Weed should be
burned. If not make mixture stronger or any natural soap. Mix these two soaps together at
50/50 ratio. Add 15 tablespoons per gallon sprayer. Should work on most weeds but will not
damage the lawn. Don't water for 24 hrs and don't spray in midday or on a hot day. Spray
directly onto weeds. Test for strength. Spray then wait until next day to see results.
Should work within 24 hrs. If not make it stronger.
W.O.W (Without Weeds)
Controls: crabgrass, dandelion, purslane, creeping bentgrass, smart weed, redroot
pigweed, foxtail, lambs-quarter, barnyard grass and clover.
A pre-emergence weed control for lawns and gardens is now available thru Gardens Alive!
A by-product of corn syrup production. The main ingredient is also used as pet food.
How it works:
W.O.W stops feeder roots from spreading from weeds. Without these feeder roots weeds
become weak and die. A totally safe product! In addition WOW releases nitrogen slowly over
a period of time. Only two applications per year id required! For your vegetable garden
WOW Before planting your vegetables mix WOW into the soil after all seeds have sprouted
and their true leaves have formed. Contact Gardens Alive! for this product
by clicking on their link below. Could be
available at other mail order catalogs too.
Original WOW!® [Without Weeds] available from
All-natural pre-emergence weed control
adds nitrogen to your beautiful organic lawn!
Are children close-by?
Relax! WOW! Plus and WOW! come from corn so they're not toxic.
Like WOW! Plus, original WOW! controls crabgrass, creeping bentgrass,
foxtail, lamb's-quarters, purslane and other weeds just after they
germinate, before you even notice them.
WOW! contains no lingering synthetic chemicals, so your family,
friends and pets can enjoy your lawn right after you apply it! As it
suppresses weeds, WOW! slowly releases nitrogen to keep your lawn
green and beautiful.
Apply WOW! in early spring to stop annual weeds and
spring-germinating perennial weed seeds. A second application
(mid-August until first hard frost) will stop fall-sprouting weeds,
including many perennial types. Applications at 10lbs. per 1,000 sq.
ft. provide adequate control. Applications at double that rate
provide better control in most areas. Use a drop spreader, and water
deeply after applying. Do not use on recently sown grass. Apply N-Lite!
to provide the other nutrients needed for healthy thick turf.
Note: For use only with drop spreaders!
Coming soon.... more information on using citrus to kill weeds!______________________________
1 Try to make your own lawn beer. Or buy the type of beer with the least additives and