Although many homeowners may not be growing corn in their own backyards (but you’d be surprised at how many do), and may therefore not need to know how to protect corn in particular against the growth of weeds, you can follow the advice included in this article to protect most any type of vegetable or plant that you grow in your garden from being overcome by those pesky weeds that never seem to give up the fight of taking over your garden – and you can do it in an organic and natural way so that you are not introducing harmful chemicals into your crop and into the soil around your home.
You can tackle weeds and protect your corn with persistence and the right tools. You don’t need to use harmful pesticides that could infect your corn crop in order to kill weeds. There are many safe organic alternatives that work just as well.
Mulch can work well in protecting corn against weeds. A thick layer of mulch keeps light from reaching weeds. Without adequate light, the plants will sicken and die before you even notice them, and the few plants that do manage to stick their leaves into the light will be shallowly rooted and therefore easy to pull. Organic mulches nourish the soil as they decompose and are fairly effective weed barriers. Organic mulches include compost, shredded leaves, wood chips, bark, dried grass clippings, and other biodegradable materials that nourish the soil as they decompose.
There are many organic natural weed killers for purchase as well. There are those that are ideal for use in killing weeds, as well as organic pesticides that are quite effective with pests you may have in your garden. Before purchasing these products, make sure that they are all organic, meaning no chemicals have been added to them. There are many types of organic weed control on the market that you can use. You will find those that help with disease control as well as weed control.
By growing corn close together, they will consume all of the available space, nutrients, and light, thereby pushing the weeds out of the way. Growing corn close together will also help with pollination, as corn pollinates through wind.
Some other organic weed killers include:
- Scythe – a fatty acid-based, non-selective contact herbicide that disrupts the cellular structure of the plant
- Neem Oil – for killing aphids
- Burn Out Weed and Grass Killer – which is also an acid-based weed killer made of vinegar and lemon juice
Weeds are like a thorn in the side of many a plant grower or farmer, but before you head to the store to pick up a bottle filled with potentially harmful chemicals to get rid of those weeds, consider that controlling your weed problem can be accomplished in a much safer and more organic way. And when you keep the chemicals away from your corn or other vegetables, you can feel a lot better about bringing the food to the table when it is time to eat!