Springtime is almost upon us, which means that it is nearing the time that farmers need to start thinking about preparing their soil for planting and growing. Growing a healthy crop involves a lot of time and attention, which starts with cultivating the soil correctly. But what are you supposed to do when it comes time to worry about all of the fuss of trying to find an affordable and effective organic weed killer? Read on to learn more.
Preparing Soil for Farming
The first step in preparing your land for farming is testing the soil. This enables you to amend it as needed to suit your intended crop for the season. Once this is done, the next step is to till the land, which helps to break up and aerate the soil. This is also a good time to check any existing fencing for breaks or holes that might let unwanted animals get into your fields and eat your crops. The last step is to sow your seed or transplant seedlings – and then maintain them all season long to ensure the most yield when it comes time to harvest.
After putting all of this work into preparing your farm for the farming season, one of the things sure to keep you busy is controlling weeds. These invasive plants can wreak all sorts of havoc for your crops, which will probably have you reaching for a weed killer before long. But not all weed killers are created equal – some can easily cause damage to crops and carry a risk of contaminating your soil. The only way to avoid this potential damage is to opt for an organic weed killer.
A Cheap & Inexpensive Organic Weed Killer
When it comes to organic weed killers, it’s hard to beat plain white vinegar. The acetic acid in vinegar is what kills weeds, and the higher the percentage of acetic acid, the more effective it is. Vinegar is most effective on weeds that are young and tender, and the best way to keep on top of them is to apply your weed killer on a regular basis. Simply load the sprayer of your choice with vinegar, and apply where needed. Make sure to apply when you will have at least a few sunny days in a row for the best effectiveness. For more mature weeds, you can add 1 oz of dish soap per gallon of vinegar, which helps the vinegar cling and better penetrate leaves. Much like any other weed control option, you must avoid accidentally spraying vinegar onto crops when controlling weeds, as it will damage them. However, vinegar poses no contamination threat to your soil, so it is safe to apply near crops.
The best vinegar to use as a weed killer is a high-acetic acid type, which is available specifically for horticulture use. Our 20% Horticultural Vinegar Weed Killer is made just for this purpose. Approved for organic use by OMRI, this vinegar desiccates weeds in less than 24 hours and is safe for both the environment and your animals. One gallon can cover 1,200 square feet, allowing you to eliminate a large number of bothersome broadleaf weeds and grasses on your farm.
So if you’re looking for an organic option for weed control this season, give our 20% Horticultural Vinegar a try and see how it can make a difference for you this season!