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How to Manage Weeds Without Weedkillers

Crown vetch weed growing in a meadow.

Got weeds? Of course we all do--and they make us nuts. I count six ways to manage weeds without bottles of chemicals. 

The non-chemical methods include both offensive and defensive techniques. The methods include 1) scalping weeds, 2) keeping the weed seeds locked up by leaving soil undisturbed, (3) cooking the seedlings under black plastic, (4) placing root barriers around aggressive spreaders, (5) shading them out beneath shrubs with dense canopies, and (6) squeezing them out by planting lots (lots!) of desirable plants. 

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