Remove weeds by hand or with mechanical methods

Weeds are unfairly called weeds: in fact these plants they often have their own use Some, like purslane and bananas, are edible and also contain valuable nutritional properties. In addition, each different plant contributes to the garden The biodiversity which is valuable for organic cultivation.

Unfortunately, however, spontaneous herbs they often compete with the seedlings of our garden and to prevent them from stealing their space and nutritional resources, we must eliminate at least the most cultivated and dominant herbs.

In the organic garden it is essential avoid the use of chemical herbicides there are therefore not many methods to fight against weeds and the most widespread is also the simplest: mechanical weeding . In simple terms, this means physically pulling weeds out of the ground, which we can do by hand, with hand tools like hoes and weeders, or using power hoes.

Contents [Ocultar]

  • manual weeding

  • Zappa and weeder

  • Motoazadas or tiller

  • brush cutter

  • Other weed control methods


manual weeding

Hand weeding is particularly useful near plants: this way you make sure you don’t damage the vegetables, taking care that you can remove all the weed with the root, avoiding rejection. Obviously the technique requires a lot of effort because the ground is low and the weeds to be cleared are always very numerous, it implies a lot of work to crouch. It is essential for the quality of the work to detach the entire root, which is why the ideal is to do the work when the soil is not completely soaked with water but is not even dry and compact. You have to grab the collar of the plant with your fingers and pull hard, without tearing but with constant force. The more the roots come out, the longer the cleaning will take.

undergrowth and undergrowth

The hoe and the scarifier are valuable tools: among other things, they allow weeding in the spaces between the plants, the paths and the alleys.

Weeding or hoeing is excellent because, in addition to ridding the soil of wild weeds, it oxygenates it and makes it better drained when it rains. However, if you approach the plants in the garden, you have to be delicate so as not to damage the roots.

The hoe splits the root ball and breaks the roots depending on its use, the weeder instead has a blade that goes below ground level cutting the root system at that size. Both are valuable tools for clearing grass, faster and less tiring than working entirely by hand.

The best weeder, in my opinion, is the weeder, which combines a toothed wheel with the blade, it is a really efficient system to pass between the cultivated rows. It is a tool to try in the garden.

Motor hoes or cultivator

The stalk cutter is a quick and easy way to get rid of unwanted weeds and requires maintaining proper distances between plants when planting. There are a number of different rotary cutters that have adjustable cutting widths, matching row size. Obviously, with this method, you don’t go everywhere and then have to hand brush the places closest to the plants, but you can undoubtedly grind most surfaces with a good cleaning.

The tiller is a motorized vehicle similar to tillers, but it also has traction wheels, the work you do in dealing with weeds with your tiller is similar.

The work of the cutter is similar to that of the hoe, although the blow of its blades creates the so-called underground working sole. For this reason, if the extension is not large and the forces permit, it is preferable to the old manual work, in large extensions, however, the internal combustion engine is a good helper.


With a brushcutter you can reduce the height of the grass very quickly and with very little effort. Compared to the rotary rudder, it is less demanding because it is easier to handle, but it is a totally inefficient system. By not cutting below ground level, the mower leaves the root system intact and the resulting cleanup is an aesthetic illusion meant to last only a few days, after which the weeds will return with renewed vigour. Even with the blade, it is not possible to do this more than once below ground level, insisting has the effect of pulling stones in dangerous ways, as well as ruining the edge of the blades. There are trimmers with a detachable attachment that do the milling work, but they barely have enough power to do serious work.

Other weed control methods

In addition to manual weed control, an excellent system is the use of mulch to prevent it from spreading, which is highly recommended for those who are tired of pulling weeds from their garden.

There is also pyro-cleaning and solarization, which are biological methods that are more complicated and laborious to implement, so I only recommend them for specific needs.

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