Baking Soda and Vinegar: In the Home and Garden

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Baking Soda and Vinegar: In the Home and Garden

Like many of us, I like to keep a clean house. Cleaning my kitchen and bathroom sinks, counter tops and vanities once presented a challenge. How so? I refuse to use harsh chemicals, mainly because of my children's allergies and asthma. I also prefer an environmentally-friendly cleaning solution. I've found all this and more, by cleaning with a homemade paste I make from baking soda and vinegar. This all-natural cleaning solution removes most of my everyday stains and grime with ease. I just scour the surface with a scrubby-type sponge and it's a breeze. In addition to kitchen and bathroom surfaces, I use baking soda and vinegar cleaning paste on my parrot's cage. There are no harsh chemicals or fumes, so it's also perfect for cleaning the toddler's room. Try the same solution diluted with a bit of water to kill your garden weeds. You'll be amazed!



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4 Tips For Effective Weed Control

You want your garden and yard to be green, lush, and beautiful, yet everywhere you look weeds seem to spring up, marring the appearance of your landscaping and creating extra work. Rather than spend all spring and summer hunched over pulling weeds, try following these four tips for effective weed control:

Avoid Soil Disturbance

Just below the surface of the ground in your yard and garden lie tons of weed seeds, just waiting for exposure to sunlight and fresh air in order to germinate and sprout into fully formed weeds. The more frequently you disturb the soil, the more chances you will give weeds to sprout and grow. The key is to be judicious and thoughtful when it comes to planting or moving grass, shrubs, vegetable plants, and flowers. Create a plan for your spring planting, and stick to it instead of making lots of soil-disrupting changes.

Have Your Yard Professionally Fertilized

Adding just the right amount of fertilizer in the right places will not only help your garden, flowers, shrubs, and grass grow faster—it can also help prevent weeds. The problem is that over-fertilizing can actually cause certain types of weeds to grow, while potentially causing growth problems with the plants you actually want to grow. In order to find the correct balance, it's best to have a professional landscaping company handle your fertilizing each spring.

Add Mulch

Incorporating mulch into your landscaping is attractive, can help keep your soil extra healthy, is low maintenance, and has the added benefit of seriously discouraging weed growth. This is because mulch effectively creates a blanket effect over your soil, blocking sunlight and fresh air from ever reaching weed seeds and seedlings. Without these things, weed seeds won't sprout, and existing weeds will soon shrivel up and die.

Weed After a Good Rain

If you plan to pull weeds yourself, the best time to do so is after a nice, heavy rain. The wet soil will make the weeds significantly easier to pull out of the ground. Simply wait for the rain to stop, then gather your gardening gloves, knee pads or a gardening mat, and a trowel or other weeding implement. Some gardeners find that a simple fork from the kitchen does a great job of grasping and pulling up stubborn weeds.

By following these easy tips, your yard and garden will soon be weed-free, and will stay that way. Visit for more information.