I have a one-acre lot and Iâ€™ve left the back half natural, with some buffalo grass and other grasses, and some wildflowers. My house sets on the front half of the property but, not counting the landscaping beds, Iâ€™ve got about 15,000 â€“ 18,000 square feet of Bermuda grass to maintain. Iâ€™ve recently switched to a natural approach, using a natural fertilizer and aerating.
Our development still has plenty of natural areas that spread weed seeds, including dallisgrass and a number of broadleaf varieties. I mow often, and we do as much mechanical removal of weeds as possible, plus I do spot weed killing with Howardâ€™s formula of vinegar, orange oil and molasses. But mowing, hand removal, etc., is insufficient in the spring, when the weeds proliferate. Iâ€™ve already got a full-time job, so crawling around 18,000 square feet of property pulling weeds is not going to happen. Weâ€™re on a limited budget because of my job situation. Iâ€™d like to use corn meal to control weeds, but on my sized lot, itâ€™s cost-prohibitive.
So hereâ€™s my question: how do I naturally control weeds, particularly in the spring? Iâ€™ve used chemical-based weed-and-feed products in the past, but would really like to stick with the natural approach, which I know will take a while to fully take hold. Any suggestions?