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Alternatives to pesticides

Waldringfield Wildlife Group recently adopted a motion to try and make Waldringfield pesticide-free.


If you're wondering about alternatives to glyphosate in your garden, Betsy has put together a few tips:



See things differently: accept a greater level of weediness. Call the weeds 'wild flowers' and remember that they are all part of a food chain.


Mulch, mulch, mulch! with the little pulled up weeds themselves. If they are small annuals pre- flowering, they will compost where they are, shading the soil in the process. Or with hedge clippings, shreddings, grass clippings etc.


Seeds are inhibited from germinating in the layer just under the mulch - and of course, lack of light prevents them too.


Suppress with mulch. I am having good success over three years with ground elder under my fig tree: a thick layer of newspaper every spring, followed by loads of grass clippings.


Hot water will reduce vigour - but you need lots of boiling kettles.

Vinegar with a bit of salt and washing up liquid seems pretty efficient - one website says 'nothing else will grow there  - ever' which is not what I would like at all! But I have tried it in my drive and the weeds have taken three weeks (rather than one) to show any sign or resurgence.


Prevent foliage from getting light - snip off at the base every time there is a little shoot. This weakens the plants but is a very long term strategy. It also gets you up close and intimate with the interesting bugs and the detail of your plants though!


Dig out: a long term solution - but there are no quick fixes with this one!


Activists have been 'rebranding' RoundUp after it was found by the WHO to be 'probably carcinogenic'