Organic weedkillers..flower beds

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by minx, Jun 29, 2014.

  1. minx

    minx LawnSite Member
    Messages: 82

    I a wanting to implement an organic weed control at the request of a few home owners.. Any help appreciated.. I am located in mid Florida region.. Thanks
  2. windflower

    windflower LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,108

    Good luck. I haven't come across any that work as well as traditional methods. I think I could do it better by installing drip to each plant and keep the soil surface on the dry side.
  3. Victorsaur

    Victorsaur LawnSite Member
    Messages: 81

    What kinds of weeds? selective or non selective?
  4. GravelyWalker

    GravelyWalker LawnSite Member
    Messages: 86

    I am will be trying this next year. Besides pulling one in or touching plants .I will attempt a propane torch to kill the root. I have been doing it at home for a while and it seems to work great.
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  5. PenningsLandscaping

    PenningsLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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  6. dKoester

    dKoester LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,394

    I agree with Vinegar.
  7. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,160

    Organic weed control in flower beds begins with mulching and hand pulling. Applications of liquid corn gluten will reduce germination of all seeds.
    There are some selective and nonselective post-emergents used by organic gardeners to some extent, but you must be very careful when applying them in flower beds.

    If you do the first three, you should not need a post-emergent.
  8. Keegan

    Keegan LawnSite Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 614

    IMHO Avenger works better than anything. It's organic, smells good, but it's non selective
  9. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,796

    Consider the "black plastic/solarization method". I just invented it--mentally speaking. You cover the weeds with black plastic circles retained with small plastic stakes. No light--no photosynthesis--black plastic results in high temps, (and dry soil), which kills the weeds.
    Naturally my idea would use thin rigid plastic. 100 in a box. It would be colored to look like shredded bark. The tie-down stakes would look like small flowers. Almost invisible from a distance. Perforated to tear easily in case you needed to put a circle around the stem of a shrub. Remove after 4 weeks.
  10. minx

    minx LawnSite Member
    Messages: 82

    Does commercially using corn gluten or avenger require any spray licence

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