Weeds: non-chemical control

Weeds can be controlled without resorting to weedkillers. Cultural or organic control measures rely on killing or restricting the weeds by physical action, from manual removal to smothering, burning and using weed barriers.

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Hoeing is a good option if you don't want to use chemicals. Image: Neil Hepworth/RHS

Quick facts

Timing: Whenever weeds are troublesome
Suitable for: All weeds
Difficulty: Easy to moderate

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