The battle lines of summer gardening have been drawn. On one side are dandelions, crab grass, sorrel, clover, dock, nettles, poison ivy, and an endless variety of other lawn and garden weeds. On the other side: One determined Green Cheapskate. Here are 10 ways you can win the battle against weeds this summer, without doing irreparable damage to either your wallet or the environment:
1. Master the Art of Weed-Pulling:
It sounds simple, but if you've ever tried it, you know that some weeds are much tougher to pull than others. Particularly dandelions and other weeds of the taproot variety have a mighty grip when you go to pull them. Try watering the area directly around the weed or pulling weeds after a rainstorm, when the ground is softer. Also, insert a knife blade, screwdriver, or "dandelion puller" alongside the deep root and pry it loose a little before pulling.