How to kill weeds without chemicals

Defined as a plant that’s growing where it’s not wanted, weeds can be the bane of a gardener’s existence. But the good news is, with these handy tips it’s easy to keep on top of them, without the use of chemicals.

Be vigilant

Because weeds are plants that readily adapt to poor soils and grow prolifically they can soak up nutrients and compete with what’s already growing in your garden. So the first step to keeping them at bay, is being vigilant.

Remove weeds when they’re young and be sure to pull the entire plant – roots and all. This task is much easier when the plant is small, and the soil is moist and soft. Don’t wait til they set seed.

For the ultimate in organic removal, do your weeding by hand, and use some good old fashioned elbow grease. A digging trowel or fork can help with this. Be sure to remove the weed in its entirety.

A person using a Fiskars weeding tool

Weed removal tools

Alternatively, if you need to look after your back and your knees, use a tool. Try the Fiskars Xact™ weed puller. It’s simple to use and easy on your back. An ergonomic handle makes the job even more comfortable. 

With its deep reaching claws, a tool like this enables better and more exact removal of weeds. The other advantage, once bought and with regular maintenance, it can be used for many years.

Another handy tool for your arsenal is the Fiskars Nyglass Weeding Fork. It’s lightweight, tough and perfect for digging out pesky weeds.

The Fiskars aluminium forked trowel is another addition to your kit. A forked tip cuts deep to get weeds, while rounded edges minimises soil and root damage. 

Weed prevention is key

The best method of weed control  is prevention. Mulching garden beds and a resulting lack of light, will help prevent weeds germinating and growing. Use bark chips, pea straw or lucerne, which will break down over time and improve the soil.

Make the most of ground covers and small shrubs too. The closer these are planted together; the less chance weeds have to sprout and compete. It’s win win!

A person using a Fiskars weeding tool

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Check out Fiskars full range of garden tools to keep your backyard neat, tidy and weed-free all year round. 

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