10 Organic & Pet Friendly Weed Killer Ideas For A Healing Garden

Organic Weed Control For Breast Cancer

By Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

You and your pets are as much a part of your life as your healing garden for breast cancer recovery and you want to make sure that you both can enjoy a healthy garden. While stores sell a number of weed killers, most of them are not very healthy. Fortunately, there are a number of organic and pet safe weed control methods you can use to keep your garden healthy for everyone.

  1. Use the solarization method to kill weeds prior to planting beds. Cover the garden bed with clear plastic. The sun naturally heats the plastic, killing off weeds in the upper layer of soil. Remove the plastic before planting.
  2. Use vinegar as a natural weed killer. Spray full-strength vinegar directly on weeds as they emerge.
  3. Physically remove weeds. Pull them or use a weeding tool to remove them before they go to seed and spread. Regular monitoring and hand weeding is the ultimate organic weed control.
  4. Organic herbicidal soaps (Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Soap) are similar to dish soaps but are highly refined. They penetrate and break down the waxy protective coating of plant leaves, causing the leaves to dehydrate and die.
  5. Citrus oil-based herbicides work in the same way as herbicidal soaps
  6. Select organic weed killers from your local garden center. Organic weed killers do not include harsh chemicals or pollutants, and should be labeled as Certified Organic.
  7. Keep a nice thick layer of mulch on the soil all the time, once your seedlings have grown enough to reach light above the mulch. Mulching is helpful for any number of reasons, not just for weed suppression, but this would be a good enough reason on its own. If you have a large home garden, mulching can save you dozens or even hundreds of hours over the course of a year.
  8. Crowd weeds out by planting densely, and planting polycultures of different plants that will keep the soil shaded. There will pretty much always be something that grows on bare soil, so if you can keep the soil covered in multiple levels of desirable plants, the weeds won’t be as big of a deal.
  9. Apply boiling water (only good for small areas obviously) or spray them with household vinegar (5% – very safe but not so useful for perennials or other tough weeds) or horticultural vinegar (10-30% – can burn your skin pretty bad, but works better).
  10. Sugar – Believe it or not, sugar is also a pet friendly weed killer. It puts the soil organisms into overdrive and the soil becomes temporarily unsuitable for plants. It is great for killing weed trees, bushes or vines that are hard to pull out. Simply pour some sugar at the base of the plant you wish to kill. If you are concerned about it becoming an attraction to pests, simply mix the sugar with equal parts chili pepper to deter those possible pests.


Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

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  1. helensamia says:

    Thanks that is some great info…

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  2. Though, I have a container garden, these tips are very helpful. I “hand weed” the container garden, but use a chemical with a sprayer to attach the weeds that creep up between the patio pavers. Will try the vinegar and check out the prices for organic weed killers. Thank you for all the healthy information you share on your posts.

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