Tips For Painting The Rooms In Your Home

Tips For Painting The Rooms In Your Home

2 Great Ways to Kill Weeds Without Using Chemicals

Bertha Ruiz

If you are planning on eating the fruits and veggies that emerge from your home garden, you might be a little hesitant about applying chemicals. However, if you want to control the weeds that might choke away sunlight and water from your plants, you are going to need to do something to prepare the soil. Here are two great ways to kill weeds without using chemicals, so that you can garden without worrying:

1: Ground Solarization

If handling sharp thistles and prying roots out of the ground isn't your idea of a good time, you might be tempted to give up on weed control. However, you might be able to kill huge patches of plants passively by draping a piece of plastic and giving it a little time to do its job. Ground solarization, which occurs when heat is trapped against the soil, is highly effective at killing weeds and disinfecting soil.

After plastic is in place, heat generating UV rays enter through the covering, but aren't able to escape. Although it might seem like it would simply warm the ground, soil solarization is powerful—capable of heating the top six inches of your soil upwards of 140 degrees Fahrenheit. If you want to start destroying weeds by using ground solarization, simply follow these instructions:

  1. Choose Your Plastic: Although you might assume that dark plastic would attract sunlight and keep plants from growing, it might also block the ultra violet light necessary to heat the ground. As you shop for plastic, look for heavy, clear plastic sheets that are large enough to cover the entire area.
  2. Bury Those Edges: After you cover the affected area, take the time to bury the edges of the plastic sheet. In addition to ensuring that trapped heat won't be able to escape, it will also keep pests from invading the area. If you need to weigh down the plastic, secure the edges and the middle with a few heavy rocks.
  3. Don't Peek: For soil solarization to work properly, heat needs to be allowed to build over time. Resist the urge to peek under the plastic to check the progress. Instead, leave plastic in place for four to eight weeks to ensure weed-killing success.
  4. Rake Away Dead Plants: After those weeds are finally dead, take the time to rake them away and clean up the area. Although this step might seem pointless since the weeds are already dead, some plant bodies contain seeds that could sprout new growth.

Although soil solarization might take a little patience, it is an effective, stress-free way to clean up large, weed-riddled gardens.

2: Landscaping Torches or Flame Weeders

If you want instant results without a lot of hassle, consider investing in a landscaping torch or a flame weeder. These devices work by projecting a small, controlled flame that obliterates weeds with the pass of a wand. In fact, this localized flame is capable of heating plants upwards of 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, instantly destroying cell membranes and killing the plant. Here are a few tips to remember as you use your landscape torch or flame weeding device:

  • Move Slowly: Those flames need a little time to do their job, which is why you should focus on moving slowly and carefully. Experts typically recommend moving about one or two miles per hour.
  • Keep a Water Source Nearby: If you happen to pass that flame over some wooden curbing or a flammable plastic fragment, you could accidentally start your entire yard on fire. To prevent problems, keep a hose running nearby so that you can extinguish small fire flares if they occur.  

By taking the time to prepare your soil, you might be able to enjoy a fruitful, healthy garden all summer long. Visit resources like for more tips or assistance.


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Tips For Painting The Rooms In Your Home

My name is Ian Flaherty and this is my home and garden blog about painting. Many people don't enjoy painting the rooms in their house, but I think it's a very relaxing task that I often do after work. I frequently change the colors of the rooms in my home and every time I do, it gives the home an entirely new appearance, I learned how to paint rooms many years ago when I first started changing the paint colors in my house. When I was first learning how to paint, I had a few mishaps, but then I would do research to learn how it's done right. If you want to discover a whole new world that can be achieved with paint, I hope you'll read my blog and apply these tips and ideas.