1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

June 8, 2008

:160 Vinegar Weed Control

Filed under: :160 Vinegar Weed Control — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:59 am

1:5:10:160 EcoTip: Today’s tip comes from the Butterfly Garden at the Norfolk, Virginia Botanical Gardens. They use vinegar as an herbicide. This non-toxic form of weed control is suitable for organic gardens (especially if you use organic vinegar from your health food store) and  doesn’t harm the butterflies or the environment, but controls most types of weeds.

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 Additional Information:

Spray the weeds foliage with the undiluted vinegar while they are young – especially before they go to seed. Vinegar is approximately 5% acetic acid. Be careful not to spray plants that you don’t want damaged. If you accidentally get some on the leaves of other plants, you can rinse them with water.

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March 20, 2008

:080 Pull Weeds

Filed under: :080 Pull Weeds — Tags: , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:01 am
weed_photo2.jpg Weed Puller - source Hound Dog

Suggested Review – none

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

1:5:10:080 Tip: Pulling weeds is a good way to reduce your families herbicide exposure. I spent about ten minutes a week for about a month, pulling weeds by hand and was getting pretty good at getting many of them up by the roots (you grab them by the base and apply gentle pressure until you feel a little give, then increase the pressure until it comes out). But I was not having any luck with dandelions, which would break off at ground level. Then I tried the Weed Hound. It works great!

After two months I’m down to pulling about 3-5 weeds a week.

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Additional Information

The Weed hound has a number of spikes arranged in a circle that must be placed directly over the weed. Get your fingers down into the grass and find the exact point where the plant joins the root. Center the Weed Hound spikes over the root then step down on it to drive the spikes into the ground around the root of the weed.

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With most roots I give the tool a quarter to half turn then lift it weed and all out of the ground.

http://www.hound-dog.com/weed_hound.htm

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March 10, 2008

:070 Clip 1/3

Filed under: :070 Clip 1/3 — Tags: , , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:01 am
4020_2.jpg Credit: OSU Extension

Suggested Review – :068, :069

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

1:5:10:070 Tip: When cutting your lawn, never clip more than 1/3 the length of the grass at one time. If you let it get too long, clip it at no more than the 1/3 length, let the cut dry a short while then clip it again. Clipping no more than 1/3 will help promote a lush thick lawn that helps eliminate chemicals for weed control.

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Additional Information

Ohio State University has on-line information on cutting your lawn at: http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/4000/4020.html

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