Thumbs Up to Going Chemical-Free; Byron Council Is Leading the Way with Greener Weed Control Methods

The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia), July 25, 2017 | Go to article overview

Thumbs Up to Going Chemical-Free; Byron Council Is Leading the Way with Greener Weed Control Methods


Byline: Helen Hawkes helen.hawkes@northernstar.com.au

Organic weed control

If you don't make your own garlic spray, or patrol the vegetable patch in the morning to squash bugs and pull weeds, you might want to try a new spray from Yates.

Yates Nature's Way Organic Weed Spray is based on two natural ingredients - clove oil and acetic acid - which work together to quickly dehydrate and kill weeds.

It is certified for use in organic gardening so it's ideal for gardeners wanting to use organic methods of weed control.

REGULAR readers of this column will know we encourage all green thumbs to be, well, "green".

Healthy plants, in healthy soil, fertilised with organic or home-grown compost, are more resistant to pests so good foundations are the mark of the expert gardener.

Beyond that, organic sprays - trending right now - or home-made sprays, as well as manual maintenance such as squashing bugs, pulling weeds or setting beer traps, are the best way to keep our gardens, ourselves, our waterways and our community healthy.

Congratulations to Byron Shire Council, now on a path to zero chemical use in weed control. Over the past couple of years, staff have stopped all use of chemicals in all public spaces - bus stops, footpaths, parks, playgrounds and so on, and are using either hand-weeding or steam weeding, according to mayor Simon Richardson. That's good news for everyone who lives in, or visits, the shire. …

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