On any garden, but especially in herb gardens or vegetable patches, getting rid of weeds is essential. Weeds siphon off water and nutrients in the soil, compost or fertilizer that is intended for the plants that are wanted in a a garden. They can also strangle root systems, as well as be competition for air and sunlight stunting the growth of other plants. Apart from which they are simply unsightly.
Using organic weed killer has a number of advantages over choosing synthetic, man made or manufactured brands.
Synthetic weed killers contaminate and pollute the environment including the soil and water sources for a long term period. Organic products do not do this and can, in fact, add value to the soil nutrient content over time. So not only is it less harmful to the environment but it adds value.
Regular weed killers are also less harmful to insects, birds and other naturally occurring wildlife in the area. Not only can they cause health problems, they can be fatal, affecting fish and other aquatic life in rivers, streams, lakes, dams and in the ocean.
Man made weed killers can contaminate the food that is produced from plants that use these type of products. Research has shown that the chemicals used in these products can have both short and long term health consequences. At the end of the day, weed killers contain toxins that are poisonous, whereas, organic products carry no health risks for consuming produce.
Organic weed killers are not only available for sale but can easily be made with a few natural, organic ingredients in the home. These ingredients can be sourced from a local nursery, organic produce grower or they can be grown in the garden alongside vegetables, herbs or other plants. They can also add value to any garden as the natural ingredients add fragrance and beauty to any yard. However, if growing at home, it is essential to ensure that the seeds or plants used are not genetically modified and that they are grown in line with regulations for organic foods.
Truly Organic Produce
In order to fulfill the regulatory requirements for growing organic plants or produce, it is essential to use only weed killer that is organic. Products that contain any synthetic or man made ingredients cannot be used on the plants or within a specified area. The soil may also not previously be contaminated with manufactured chemical based weed killers in the past.
If the produce from a vegetable patch or herb garden are intended for sale, this is a very important factor to keep in mind. Selling organic products is a lucrative endeavor but if it is found that the produce does not meet with the required standards for organic products, there may be severe legal and other consequences.
Weed killers that are organic can be just as effective as synthetic products and are far more beneficial for the flora, fauna and human beings.