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Gardening experts share how to use cornmeal, rubbing alcohol and mulch to remove weeds


Weeds are a nuisance that can make even the most beautiful and well-kept flowerbeds look overgrown and messy. Getting weeds under control can harm your other plants if you decide to use chemicals. British gardens are being urged to try homemade and chemical-free alternatives to keep their weeds under control.


Cornmeal is a coarse flour made from dried corn and can be known as cornflour in some parts of the world.

According to GardeningExpress, Cornmeal gluten can act as an organic herbicide and is actually free of any toxic chemicals.

If you scatter it over your soil it can help prevent crabgrass and dandelions from growing.

Cornmeal will also help stop the seeds that perennial weeds shed in the summer from sprouting.

It’s important to try and spray the weeds themselves and not your plants.

A spokesperson for GardeningExpress.co.uk said weeds can ruin a garden that you’ve spent hours perfecting.

They said: “There’s nothing more disheartening that seeing hours of hard work in the garden ruined by pesky weeds that seem to sprout from nowhere.

“There are loads of commercial products on the market that will do the job in killing the weeds quickly, but most of these contain potentially harmful chemicals.

“Not only are these homemade concoctions a chemical-free alternative, but you’ll also save the expense of store bought products.

“Products with high acidic values are usually effective, but you should avoid spraying them directly on soil as substances like vinegar can break down the soil structure and kill beneficial microorganisms.”


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