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Fight Weeds, For Free!

By Caitlin Ethridge


Tags: Gardening, Weeds, Alternatives, Garden, Caitlin Ethridge,

Caitlin EthridgeNow that garden season is in full swing and we have everything planted, it’s time to kick back and relax, right?

Wrong!

Here’s where the real work begins, weeding all the rows we’ve planted! In order to stay ahead, we have to spend some time weeding every single evening.

pulling weeds

Even though I have a great helper, pulling weeds gets old pretty quickly. So this year we decided to try some alternative methods to keep them under control. Our first project was to put cardboard down between our rows. We got it all from our local grocery store and had the help of some high-school agriculture students to break down and place the boxes.

putting down cardboard with help

At first it looked like a huge mess, but after a little water they settled down and so far it’s keeping the middle of our rows weed free!

A row of beans without cardboard.

A row of beans without cardboard.

A row of beans with cardboard used for weed control.

A row of beans with cardboard used for weed control.

Another way to minimize weeds is with newspapers. My front sidewalk was looking a little rough and I was tired of pulling weeds in an area that doesn’t produce food. So I called my mother-in-law, who brought down a huge bucket of newspapers. I put them down then covered them in pebbles and now I have a weed-less walkway! So far these methods have kept the weeds at bay for well over a month. The best part? Both of these projects were free!

Have you tried any alternative weed-prevention methods??

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