Summer’s almost over, and while that means that we get to enjoy the beautiful orange-and-yellow leaves of autumn, we also need to be aware that winter’s around the corner. For those of us taking care of lawns and gardens, it’s a good idea to get ready with some winter weed killer.
Why Do I Need Winter Weed Killer?
Winter weeds begin germinating when the weather starts to cool down. This means in late summer or early fall. Winter weeds can continue to grow even through winter if they’re in soil that doesn’t freeze.
These plants survive throughout winter and emerge during springtime, which makes them competitors for the other plants growing in your garden or yard. These winter weeds will steal the nutrients that your other plants need.
It’s a smart idea to deal with these weeds in autumn, generally around mid-October until the time that it starts to freeze. If you wait till spring, you’ll have to start getting rid of them once they’re growing.
What’s the Best Type of Winter Weed Killer?
Lucky for you, as the environmentally-friendly gardener that you are, there are plenty of ways that you can prepare for and eliminate winter weeds. These are some of the most effective ways that aren’t going to mess up your garden.
Mulching is one of the best ways to prepare for winter weeds. It’s good to start this towards the end of autumn, before the weather’s too cold. However, it can still be done during winter – it just requires that you remove any snow beforehand.
To do this, you need some form of mulch. You can use conventional mulch bought from a store, or home-made mulch. Home-made mulch can consist of compost, bark shreddings, straw, grass clippings, and so on. You’ll also want some newspaper or old cardboard.
After clearing the area that you plan to mulch, spread the newspaper on top. Moisten the newspaper and then add your mulch on top. This will prevent the weeds from growing.
Homemade Winter Weed Killer
Another great way to get rid of winter weeds is to make a homemade weed killer. Use natural ingredients, avoiding things like bleach or other dangerous compounds.
One classic recipe for a homemade winter weed killer involves using:
- 1 liter of vinegar (stronger than food-grade, you’re looking for 20-30% acetic acid)
- 1 teaspoon dish soap
- A spray bottle
Simply mix the ingredients together in the spray bottle and apply where you think winter weeds might pop up. However, you want to avoid getting the spray on any healthy plants that you want to keep around.
Winter Weed Torch
Definitely the most exciting way to blast your weeds is with a winter weed torch. These are just propane torches that you can safely use in winter without the risk of starting a fire. Blast your weeds and you won’t have to deal with them anymore.
Winter weed killer is important if you want to avoid your yard being overrun with weeds in spring. The natural and safe options we’ve described today should help you stay safe from winter weeds.