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What is organic weed control?

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Organic weed control relies on natural ingredients and methods to kill weeds, eschewing toxins and poisons. Methods of organic weed control include vinegar, mulch, solarization and hoeing the garden.

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Spraying vinegar on weeds typically causes them to die within six to 48 hours. Vinegar with a high acetic acid content is best; this type of vinegar can be found with home canning supplies and at farm supply stores. Layering organic mulches, such as straw, grass clippings or bark, over weeds prevents sunlight reaching the weeds and kills them. When hoeing weeds, it is important to cut the stems off from the roots just below the surface of the soil. If the soil is then moistened and plastic is placed over it, any remaining weeds die within six weeks.

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