Bananas are full of potassium, potash, calcium, magnesium, sulfur, phosphates and sodium—nutrients that plants need. They decompose quickly for effective nutrient delivery and are thought to help plants fight off disease. Some gardeners toss banana peels into a blender with water to lessen the decomposition wait time. Roses and tomatoes especially love a banana peel feeding.
The first thing to consider for your garden is the region you are in. Plants are affected by the climate, sun exposure, and soil type in your region. Understanding how the season changes can help you determine the proper time on which you can start growing which kind of plant. So figure out what plants are native to your region. This doesn’t mean that you can’t grow plants that aren’t native in your area, but it would be easier to start with a plant that naturally grows in your local weather, temperature, and soil. If you want to have a vegetable or flower garden, then you should plan your garden according to your hardiness zone. In fact, determining your hardiness zone will truly aid you in identifying which plants should best thrive in your garden.
And if all else fails, you can always use the trusted old-fashioned method: pulling out the weeds by hand. I know it’s not the most exciting but we all know it’s effective and it gets the job done. All you need is a trowel and a few hours of time. Now that you know how to kill weeds in 14 different ways, which one are you going to pick? Let us know in the comments below which one worked best for you and your garden. Good luck and happy weeding!
This weed-killing hack is definitely in my top 3! Sorry, the vodka is for the weeds. Not you. For now, anyway. For weeds that are in direct sunlight, combine one part vodka to six parts water, add in a few drops of dish soap, and spray those weeds into oblivion. Those weeds will shrivel up within a few hours.
Boiling water will certainly kill weeds, but it also kills any plant it touches. If you use this method, make sure you pour the water just a few inches above the plant to avoid splashing it elsewhere. Not on the good plants and neither on yourself. Trust me, I learned the hard way…
Undiluted white vinegar works wonders on lots of weeds, especially dandelions. If clearing weeds around the house and other plants, use food-grade vinegar which although is less potent, only kills the plant it comes into contact with. You don’t want to find all your beautiful green grass or flowers dead! This 2 ingredient weed-killing spray is super easy to make, and it’s probably something you most likely have in your home! Add a teaspoon of dish soap to your spray bottle to help the vinegar cling to the weeds better.
Literally, just do that. Use a couple of layers of newspaper to smother weeds! In established perennial beds, place at least 4 layers of newspaper down around your plants followed by a thick layer of mulch. It works a lot like the cardboard tip I mentioned in tip #4 above, but the newspaper is a little easier to maneuver around your plants.
This also known as the German Weed Control and while this idea sounds a little out there, flame weeding is used as an effective method when it comes to killing weeds. This can be safe if you use the proper equipment and you follow the correct steps. The goal is not to set your plants or grass on fire- it’s to kill the base of the weeds so that they wilt and die naturally. Just be careful of doing this in areas with dry grass. Here’s a picture and visual video from Necks Out for Adventure showing you the equipment used and how it’s done.
For sections of my lawn, especially those with trees, I depend on this hack to keep things nice and tidy. You can use bark mulch to control weeds around your trees so you’re not constantly having to cut and pull weeds. Plus, it even keeps your trees healthier! For This You’ll Need:
I really rely on this kind of gardening hack because I know for a fact it’s something I have in my house, and it’s a quick and easy solution to getting rid of the pesky weeds! To kill the weeds, pour some salt over them With time, the salt will dehydrate and dry out the weeds. Rock salt or table salt will do though you can add some vinegar to make a killer combination against weeds.