years, now we have heard about the negative impact of Pesticides on
the environment. The
professional users of pesticides are responsible applicators using
them in a safe and appropriate manner.
It has been the non-professional users who have gotten us in
trouble. Their over and
ill-timed applications often of the wrong pesticide have led us to
the state we are in today. If
RIGHT PLANT IN THE RIGHT PLACE
first alternate control that all gardeners should exercise is the
right plant for the right location.
This involves things as simple as picking the right plant for
ISNíT GOOD FOR THEM
a healthy well-grown plant will be more resistant
and weed production can also controlled in the home turf and flower
garden using Corn Gluten meal.
CGM can be used effectively to control
is also the physical control
of weeds. This
Good sanitation, and the hand picking off of the eggs, active larvae and adults can control many insects and diseases. For example the simple act of washing controls non-winged aphids. Placing eighteen inch long pieces of garden hose sealed at one end can capture earwigs. The act of cultivation can kill the eggs of slugs and destroy their hiding places. Floating row covers over your newly planted young plants will keep insects out and prevent them from laying their eggs on and around your plants. There are many more of these controls.
Your weeds can also be controlled by applications of Hot Water. This method cooks the plant material causing death. This is a non-selective method killing everything including the beneficial organisms. Hot water will kill all living things and should be used carefully donít burn yourself. The Hot water method is usually only used on hard surfacing such as interlocking stonework and you should test the various surfaces for exposure to boiling water.
BURN, BABY, BURN
If the heat of hot water works to kill weeds then why not just apply the heat to the weed directly? For many years professional landscape maintenance personnel have been used propane burners with an exposed flame to control weeds in walkways, paths and driveways. For that matter Mother Nature has been doing the same thing forever, we call them forest and prairie fires. No, problem well Yes, many regions have bylaws against having exposed flames for exactly this reason they donít want their own local firers. For this very reason the Europeans have used the Infra Burner for many years. This still a propane burner but the propane combustion is inside the equipment. It is the radiant heat produced that Infra Burnerís ceramic plate captures and releases to kill the weeds in the garden, turf, pathways and hard surfaces.
OF THE EARTH
For centuries it has been known that salt is a necessity of life and that too much salt kills. In nature we have a good example of too much salt the Utah Salt Flats. Therefore too much salt provides us with an age-old method of killing weeds. People have just poured salt on the cracks in their patios, driveways and walkways. Now from Sweden there is salt applicator for controlling taproot weeds in your turf areas. The Weed Ezee salt applicator uses Canning, Pickling, or Kosher Salt. The Salt is poured into the end of the tube, replace the cap. Now go over to the crown of the taproot weed, then place the dispenser end on the crown and push down once. Thatís it, just move on to the next taproot weed. The salt is toxic to earthworms but the limited area it is applied to and the rainfall and irrigation will quickly dissipate the salt allowing both the earthworms and surrounding turf to return.
THAT EAT BUGS
Beneficial insects can be used to control harmful insects but the environmental conditions in the garden, time of day, the colour of your clothing, and the number of harmful insects are just some of the requirements for your success using this method.
GARLIC SPRAY- blend garlic, onion, or chives to a paste add water stand strain - spray two to three days apart.
HOT PEPPER SPRAY - Blend hot peppers add water strain- spray two to three days apart.
TOBACCO SPRAY- Blend cigarettes cigars etc. add water strain -spray. The natural nicotine sulphate in the tobacco is so toxic you need a license to used it. If you use this concoction wear lots of protective clothing. Ask yourself why you are still smoking this stuff and having others breathing in the toxic smoke.
These alternative methods are not easier or less time consuming than just spraying for the problem. A balanced weed and pest program using the least environmentally offensive method will always be your best bet.