Weeds make gardens less attractive, steal valuable nutrients from the soil, and crowd out your plants. Many people want to get rid of their weeds, but they don't want to put harmful chemicals into the soil where they grow flowers and vegetables. Yet there are environmentally friendly options for getting rid of weeds. Discourage the growth of weeds before they start with mulch and plastic, or dig them out by hand if they have already invaded your garden.
Dig weeds out by hand with gardening tools. The best time to pull weeds is after a heavy rain, or when the ground is wet.
Pour boiling water on the weeds that you are trying to kill. This is especially useful in tight spots, such as between the stones in your walkway. Be careful not to splash your other plants.
Suffocate your garden weeds by cover the weedy areas with black plastic. This works especially well with vine plants like pumpkins and tomatoes.
Spread mulch around your plants to suffocate weeds. Mulch affects weeds in much the same way as covering the area in black plastic, but most people like the look of mulch better.