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Old 05-09-2019, 06:13 AM
 
Location: NC
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Why have hundreds of millions of dollars been spent on developing and getting EPA and FDA approval of chemical weed killers? To prevent pollution of the earth!

Would you rather have one ton of permanent polluter like salt or borax on your land or less than a pinch of developed chemical, that will be eaten up by soil bacteria in a few weeks and gone? It is a matter of education. I love plants and ecology and the earth itself and would never pollute just because some stuff like salt is readily available.

Newspaper works but be sure the ink is safe. Plastic is great if you can remove it later. Propane torch is not bad if you move quickly. Vodka? Well the alcohol will evaporate it’s just expensive. Hand pulling weeds does work but be sure to get the roots. Hoeing also works but brings up more weed seed.
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Old 05-09-2019, 08:18 AM
 
Location: The Woods
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I dig up weeds and add new cedar mulch occasionally around my fruit trees. Some will inevitably grow up and will need to be pulled during the summer. In the fields between the trees I whack the weeds with a string trimmer maybe once or twice a month. The vegetable garden is work, pulling weeds by hand or using a hoe, but it's a small area anyways. A lot of my weeds aren't bad plants really but wildflowers I don't mind. The real key is controlling weeds immediately around the plants I've planted. The brambles are a different story though. I don't want thorny berry bushes where I'm always walking or squeezing out my planted berries or flowers. I let them grow at the edges out of the way only. I don't have a lawn but rather a mixture of planted trees, bushes, domesticated flowers (i.e., tulips, etc.), and wildflowers that came in naturally or I seeded in.
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