Can I prevent weeds returning next year without using any weedkiller?


We have a gravel bed alongside our very long walkway. Now that we are into Fall, do I need to pull them in order not to have them return in double strength next year?

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  • Sue Peet Sue Peet on Sep 16, 2018

    Have you ever tried covering the area with either newspapers or cardboard? Over time these materials will decompose and keep the weeds at bay. Before laying these down, pull the weeds then cover them. You could also use plastic then take off if you plant any flowers there next year.

    • Deanna Deanna on Sep 16, 2018

      thanks, Sue! I just can't bend over to pull the darn things so have to look for easier ways to accomplish same.

  • Ebbjdl Ebbjdl on Sep 16, 2018

    Sue Hello,. Start by hosing down the area. The next day when the ground is wet, pull the weeds. You put you hand down to the ground and pull the weeds slowly, you should be able to get the root and all. Don't try all of this in one day. Aloha

    • Deanna Deanna on Sep 16, 2018

      I can weed - - everyday, I would move up the sidewalk - going out & going in, and pull one weed - each way. Unfortunately, the end of summer has caught up with me but the weeds have gone out of control. Guess I'll try to hire a 'starving artist,' next year to help out. Thanks for response.

  • Cheryl Gillman Cheryl Gillman on Sep 16, 2018

    If there's no bulbs or plants in it right now or you're able to remove the plants you want for next year, take boiling hot water and pour it all over the weeds or all I've the garden. It will kill any/all roots and you won't have any weeds :)

  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Sep 16, 2018

    Use a powerful spray bottle full of vinegar so you don’t have to bend down. You can spray the gravel bed and next to the walkway every month without a snowfall to cover them. Continue throughout the year. Any kind of vinegar, buy by the gallon, use a spray bottle. Best wishes. ☺️

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    • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Sep 17, 2018

      My answer above got garbled by grammar check. I just edited my answer, and the answer is, VINEGAR!

  • William William on Sep 17, 2018

    I use a mixture of one cup of salt, one cup of vinegar to one gallon of water in a garden sprayer. Saturate weeds till dripping wet. No rain for at least two to three days. The object is the get to the roots.