A common question asked by a lot of gardeners, especially those who are just starting out with organic gardening is about Weeds. Why do they have to be so hard? What are the benefits to using an organic approach to pest control? Are they dangerous to my plants? Let’s look at some of the answers…
Organic growers do not use chemicals on their plants. Organic weed control methods include: natural farming, insect repellents, and a proper tilling and cultivation schedule. Organic growers are aware of the dangers that chemical pesticides can bring to both human health and to the environment. Chemical weed killers are known to cause birth defects, immune system damage, depression, and even cancer. Organic farmers want to eliminate these risks.
So how do you get rid of weeds and restore soil to a healthy condition? There are several techniques that can be used: Mechanical Weeds Killers, Plantingcover, Biotic Weed Control, Sediment Control, and Fertilizer-resistant (FRC) crops. Some of these can be applied by hand, while others must be done with pesticides or other chemical treatments. Weeds can be extremely stubborn, so it’s wise to know what you’re getting into!
To begin implementing an organic weed control plan, consider planting native vegetation, such as: Shasta Daisy, Nurse’s Pepper, Bluegrass, Broomroot, Purple Coneflower, Wild Flowers, and Bermuda Pine. Planting native vegetation in open niches will provide cover for the soil surface, while at the same time prevent the weed roots from growing into the sub-irrigation channels. Additionally, the weed roots will be kept out of the nutrient-deficient soil. This is beneficial for both the soil and the crop, as well as beneficial for your health!
Man made synthetic compounds can be very harmful to plant life. A popular method of controlling weeds using herbicides is known as ‘Glyphosate’. It is commonly found in genetically modified (designer) food crops. When applied to the soil, the herbicide combines with the plant’s natural defences to inhibit the growth of weeds. While considered safe, continuous use of Glyphosate over a long period of time is known to cause the soil to become waterlogged, with the resulting ‘wastebasket’ of weeds potentially compromising crop production. Visit weed delivery Vancouver to understand what chances you have.
In crop rotation, crop seeds are transferred between different seasons. This minimizes the use of pesticides, resulting in less residue becoming available to weeds for reproduction. This form of weed control is more effective in some weed niches than others. An example is with sugar beet farmers, where the need to control weeds has created a gap between the years in which sugar beets are produced, and the years in which the sugar beet crop is grown. With crop rotation, the sugar beet crop is removed, and the land is fertilised with a different crop, usually a weed-free alternative.