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Fight weeds without chemicals

By TERRI BENNETT
Terri Bennett
Terri Bennett has been providing weather forecasts in the Charlotte area for more than 16 years. In September 2007, she launched Terribennett.com to serve as the single source of Terri's knowledge and expertise. She is also promoting green technology in her 'Do Your Part' campaign.

Getting rid of weeds can be a problem. In fact, it can be downright dangerous because there are growing health concerns over one of the chief ingredients used for killing weeds: glyphosate.

There are healthier and less expensive options.

I make my daily newspaper do the dirty work. Once in place, it makes it difficult for weeds to grow.

Simply lay out five or six stacked sheets of newspaper in the area where you want to control weeds. Give the papers a good soak with a hose so they don’t fly away.

Cover the soaked papers with mulch or grass clippings, if you like. Eventually, earthworms will break down the newspaper and the end result will be healthier soil.

Another effective option when it comes to blocking out sunlight is a roll of landscape fabric made of recycled paper. It gets the job done without chemicals. This recycled fabric can be found at home improvement stores or online.

Use white vinegar on pesky weeds that sprout in the cracks of a sidewalk or driveway. Vinegar can kill most anything you spray it on. For best results, spray the weeds during the hottest part of the day. Hot water is also effective when it comes to killing weeds in those same areas.

This summer, don’t use toxins in your landscape. Instead, get rid of those unwanted weeds in a much safer way.

Bennett: DoYourPart.com
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