How to kill weeds naturally — we explore 8 eco-friendly methods and how to use them

A general view of a small unkept back garden with long uncut grass with weeds, timber fence, tree and shrubs, bushes
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Knowing how to kill weeds naturally is important because many weed-killing products contain harsh chemicals that can be harmful to surrounding plants and wildlife.

The chemicals in the weed killer make their way into the soil. When it rains, the chemicals can be washed away and could make their way into surrounding areas or could even end up in rivers or lakes, polluting the water.

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Craig Morley

Craig Morley is the Head Of Sales and Operations at Budget Seeds, with a number of years of experience in the gardening and agriculture industry. Working alongside hundreds of different plant varieties every day.

Teresa Conway
Deputy editor on Homebuilding & Renovating

Teresa was part of a team that launched Easy Gardens in 2018 and worked as the Editor on this magazine. She has extensive experience writing and editing content on gardens and landscaping on brands such as Homes & Gardens, Country Homes & Interiors and Living Etc magazine. She has developed close working relationships with top landscape architects and leading industry experts, and has been exposed to an array of rich content and expertise.

In 2020 Teresa bought her first home. She and her partner worked alongside architects and builders to transform the downstairs area of her two bedroom Victorian house in north London into a usable space for her family. Along the way she learned the stresses, woes and joys of home renovation, and is now looking to her next project, landscaping the back garden. 

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