Every year I see posts asking the same thing over and over. “Who sells garden soil without weeds?”
I thought I’d touch on that idea for a quick moment, maybe give some food for thought.
WEED SEEDS ARE AIRBORNE:
Weed seeds travel through the air, so everything outside is exposed to weeds. So no matter how good your soil is, once you put it outside in your garden, it’s susceptible to weeds. Also, if the soil you purchased is stored outdoors, even if it was once treated for weeds, it likely has had some weed seeds happen upon it.
HOW ARE WEEDS KILLED IN SOIL?
For someone to advertise truly weed-free soil, they are going to have to keep it indoors until delivery which is pretty unrealistic in our area.
But even more important, do you know weed-free soil is created? One way is to add chemicals to kill the seeds meaning you may have weed-free soil, but it’s certainly not chemical-free. ((personally, I’d rather have natural weeds over nasty chemicals in my soil.))
Chemicals aren’t the only way to kill weeds, though. Some places rid their soil of weeds by heating it to kill the weeds and the seed. Know what else the heat kills? The good, living microbiomes that make your soil good!
Sure, you can add compost back into your soil but — know what happens when you add compost? You add weed seeds!
ALTERNATE METHODS OF WEED CONTROL
We have acres of garden and orchard here, and the last thing I want is chemically treated soil or soil that has been heated to kill the weeds but is also devoid of good stuff. We have found various other ways to keep the weeds at bay, like using landscape fabric or by using a weed burner.
And, we do quite a bit of weeding by hand. It’s just part of this lifestyle. The weeds go to the chickens, and everyone is happy.
The truth is, buying weed-free soil likely won’t save you time or a headache.
For us, we just buy what we know is good, living soil and deal with what comes. It works well for us!
PS – in case you are wondering, we get all our soil from Gravel Boss.
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