For parts of the Tucson area, at least some of us have had rain. Even though the monsoon rains this year are fickle and spotty, it doesn’t take much to have the summer weed crop on a roll.
Walk right past chemical weed killers while you are shopping; they are bad for the environment, pollute our water, and poison our pets, kids and ourselves. So what to do?
First and foremost, get them while they are small. No matter what method you use, it always takes more efffort if the weeds are big.
A weed flamer, brand name Weed Dragon, boils the water in plant cells when you pass the flame over the weed. There is no need to actually burn the weed, and the flame also kills the seeds. Another option is 20% vinegar solution. Vinegar acts like acid on small plants.
If weeds completely took over, and your yard is of manageable size to solarize, covering the ground with CLEAR 5 mil plastic and securing the edges will bake the weeds and seeds. You must leave the plastic on, however, for two months. Ideally, this should be done in May through June, but there are plenty of hot months left to give it a shot. This method kills tough weeds such as unwanted Bermuda grass.