Cardboard placed around newly planted starter plants, seeds, or bulbs will inhibit the growth of weeds. When planting the garden, leave space between the rows and cut cardboard to fit. Watering down the cardboard and adding mulch on top will prevent the look from detracting from the garden as it grows.
Mulch alone will also cut down on the amount of weeds that grow. Be sure it is natural mulch instead of composite materials that can leach into the soil. Sand, small rocks, and sawdust will work as well. Weeds that do grow through the non-chemical barriers and deterrents will wither in a day or so when vinegar and water are sprayed on them.
A compost pile can be started in the yard to be used as a lawn fertiliser. This option can be a problem in small yards due to the odor and appearance of the pile. There are recycled plastic containers with lids available that are designed to contain the pile. Organic manure is also available in bags at department, gardening, and home improvement stores if the idea of a compost pile does not appeal to the family.
Organic Products Made from Seaweed
A successful lawn feed product line has been made in Australia for forty years. The company harvests, manufacturers, and packages liquid seaweed products for gardens. Due to popular demand, lines have been added over the past few years for commercial and export purposes as well. The informative website for Seasol details the process of harvesting the brown species of kelp. View product details, benefits, and where products can be purchased on the website as well.
The Bull kelp is collected from storm cast on island shores. The Knotted variety of kelp is harvested by cutting off the tops of the seaweed and leaving the rest in place. This is sustainable and promotes rapid re-growth to meet the growing demand. The fertiliser, which is also organic, is a fish-based product. Leave the chemicals on the shelves and enjoy an environmentally friendly yard.