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Organic Weed Control Newsletter




It amuses me to see how carried away people get about weeds. A client told me he used to feel discriminated against because he was the only Jew in his primarily Christian neighborhood. Later he said that he felt greater discrimination because of the weeds in his front yard. Weeds affect people’s basic psyche - but they shouldn’t. To solve many weed issues, simple mow regularly, leave the clippings on the ground and apply organic fertilizer a couple of times a year.

Weed problems seem to bother people more than any other pest. Ironically, most weeds have great value. Nature doesn’t like bare soil and uses weeds to fill in. So, the primary control of weeds is to eliminate the conditions that create the need for weeds. Severely noxious weeds rarely invade a high-quality lawn. All the money in the world spent on weed-controlling products and techniques won’t help if the lawn is not maintained properly.

Weed controls are divided into two groups - those that stop the weed seed as it germinates (pre-emergent herbicides) and those that kill weeds after they’re growing (post-emergent herbicides).

Pre-Emergent Weed Control Products

Post-Emergent Weed Control Products

Selective Weed Control Products

Hand Tools

Dirt Doctor Vinegar Herbicide Formula:

  • 1 gallon of 10% (100 grain) vinegar
  • Add 1 ounce orange oil or d-limonene
  • Add 1 tablespoon molasses (optional - some say it doesn't help)
  • 1 teaspoon liquid soap or other surfactant
  • Do not add water.

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To discuss this newsletter or any other topic, tune in each Sunday 8am - 11am central time to the Dirt Doctor Radio Show. The call-in phone number is 1-866-444-3478. Listen on the internet or click here to find a station in your area.

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Naturally yours,

Howard Garrett
The Dirt Doctor


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