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Organic Weed Control Guide
by Monica Resinger

Weeds can spoil the look of a flowerbed, rob valuable nutrients from the soil 
and can be a general nuisance. If you don't keep up with them, they can be 
even more troublesome to get rid of. While they can be difficult to get under 
control, don't lose hope, it just takes a little persistence and know how.

Here are some organic methods for controlling weeds:

Use of a stirrup hoe:
The best method I have found for controlling weeds works best in a vegetable 
garden planted in rows and on young weed seedlings. You use a stirrup hoe to 
cultivate the ground at least once a week. This hoe is like a regular hoe, but 
instead of the flat surface, there is a round or squared off metal hoop at the 
end. The side closest to you has a sharp edge, which cuts the weeds roots as 
you are hoeing through the soil. It doesn't take much time to go out and work 
your hoe down each row and by doing this, no weeds can grow because seedlings 
are uprooted or cut off before they have a chance. You will have to weed by 
hand up close and in between garden plants because the stirrup hoe can uproot 
damage them if worked too close.

Use of a pitchfork:
By using a pitchfork in a new and/or large bed with little or no existing 
plants, you will be able to get most of the roots of long rooted weeds. It also 
enables you to cover a large area faster. To use a pitchfork for weed control, 
push it under a group of weeds and lift them. Shake the soil off the weeds and 
dispose of them in the compost pile.

Vinegar or boiling water:
If you spot a weed growing in the sidewalk cracks of your sidewalk or in your 
driveway, try pouring boiling water or vinegar over them. Don't do this in 
your flowerbeds because it could also kill neighboring plants.

Use lots of mulch. As long as mulch is applied thick enough to keep sunlight 
from reaching the soil, it will keep new weeds from sprouting. You can use 
grass clippings, shredded and chipped branches, beauty bark, hay, leaves or 

Hand picking:
Take a walk through the yard equipped with a bucket and gloves as often as 
possible and hand pick weeds. Try to pick them before they flower to prevent 
them from going to seed and seeding themselves all over the yard. Also, be sure 
to get all the roots; if you don't, the weed will more than likely be back in a 
couple of weeks.

I hope this guide can help you in controlling your weeds. The key to getting 
and staying weed free is persistence. You have to stay on top of it by 
checking your gardens regularly and maintaining what needs to be done.

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