6 Ways to Control Weeds and Cane Grass Without Chemicals.

Spraying weeds is an ongoing event. The chemicals being sold are of questionable safety and effectiveness.  The weeds get all frizzled up and appear dead for a short time and then before you know it – they’re back. These chemicals cost a lot of money and depending on who you ask many answers will be given in regards to their effect on humans and the environment. The ‘Ohi’a forest is being affected by fungus that is causing large numbers of trees to die. it is unknown what roll landscape chemicals play in this event. Here are a few chemical free ways to keep weeds and cane grass under control while ensuring that the garden is a safe place for the keiki (children) and pets to play.

1. Bamboo leaves as mulch –
Bamboo leaves make an excellent weed barrier, not much other than bamboo will find its way up through a good thick layer of bamboo leaves. Also, bamboo leaves allow water to pass through, while preventing evaporation, allowing moisture to remain in the soil longer.

2. Old fashioned weed pulling by hand –
Pull the weeds by hand. It is very meditative and effective. Weeds can be composted adding more organic matter to the soil, great for the earthworms; healthy earthworms = healthy soil.

3. Hire a few chickens – 
Not only will chickens remove every weed in your yard and your neighbors yard, they will thank you by giving you eggs. Chicken weed removal crews are great multi-taskers.  While scratching up weeds these feathered exterminators are eating up your less desired bugs, you know the ones; the roaches, grubs and centipedes. Chickens are intelligent enough to know not to mess with the bees. Chickens can’t catch dragonflies. They will try to chase down a butterfly though and it is hilarious.  Got a centipede problem, get chickens. Centipedes are a delicacy to chickens. The birds will actually work as a team taking turns pecking at the centipede until it is dead, then one lucky lady will run off with her prize. Thus lessening the chances for centipede pinches while taking care of the garden.  However, you will need to put a fence around anything you do not want the chickens to destroy.

4.Fire – 
There is a torch made by Bernzomatic on the market. This torch is marketed for burning weeds on non-flammable surfaces. We are not recommending this torch as we do not know your situation. There are many safety factors to consider prior to endeavoring into this method of weed control. For example, wind speed, how dry it is in your area, proximity to structures or vehicles, whether a permit is required from the county and of course if this is something within the users ability.

5. Weed-eater –
Weeds and cane grass can be kept under control with frequent use of a weed-eater. The secret is stay on top of it. Once the cane grass gets out of hand it takes much more work and time to get rid of it. Don’t let the weeds and cane grass get out of control and you will be better off. If you do decide the torch option to kill the roots, this plan will be much more effective if the weeds are mowed or weed whipped and the cuttings raked and disposed of first.

6. Goats –
They eat grass better than a lawn mower and if you want some entertainment… GOATS got you covered. These kids are hilarious.

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