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Weeds: Why Spraying Doesn't Eliminate Them!

posted 20 Oct 2016, 23:37 by David Banks   [ updated 20 Oct 2016, 23:41 ]

Weeds, Pests, and Plant Disease are Not the Problem, they are the Symptoms of Poor or Damaged Soil.

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“There is a growing recognition that pest management with chemicals is an inherently bankrupt approach.

We pour on more and more of this “solution” each year, with less and less response.

In fact, we have increased our global tonnage of rescue chemicals every year for ten decades and, every year, there is an overall increase in pest and disease pressure.”...

“but we have missed the most important and most basic component of stress-free food production. That missing link is soil health.

The vitality of this magic mix of sand, clay, microbes, minerals and humus is the determinant of sustainable profitability for the grower, and it is the very essence of the ongoing viability of our struggling planet”.

The above is quoted from

I've paraphrased it slightly to emphasise the point regarding our ever increasing use of chemicals, to deal with garden pests and disease, and their ever dwindling results and the creation of “super' bugs and spray resistant weeds.

Nature has a boundless ability to survive, adapt and overcome despite what we throw at her.

So when it comes to spraying chemicals on the farm or in the home garden it only takes one or two percent of a population of weeds or insects to survive the chemical spray for a whole new generation of pests which are now resistant to that chemical. The result is less and less effectiveness for that particular spray.

It's no wonder insects, weeds, and microbes rapidly become immune to our over reliance and over use of chemicals.

Man will NEVER dominate or attain mastery over nature, and in our efforts to achieve this all we've done is muck things up in a big way and create more problems for ourselves.

A great personal example of chemical immunity is in the horse paddock at the front of the property where I live.

The paddock was recently sprayed for cape weed which is occupying approximately 40-50% of the available ground.

It didn't rain during the 10 day critical period which may have washed off or reduced the chemical's effectiveness, so the weeds should have been well on their way to showing signs of being affected within a few weeks.

However, several months later, it has had ZERO effect, not even one slightly curled or browned off leaf.

Worse still it cost the landowner a significant amount of money to get zero results, which is a complete waste of time and money.

So what to do?

The short answer is to build soil health.

Weeds are also known as accumulator plants because of their habit of mining minerals from subsurface soil and returning it to the top soil in a nutrient cycling pattern.

So in effect weeds indicate the health of soil, they're designed to do a specific job which is to help return health to a damaged soil.

The Benefits of Weeds:

  • Weeds are also known as soil colonisers because they are the first plants to re-vegetate bare or damaged soil;
  • They cool the soil surface,
  • They help retain soil moisture,
  • They stabilise the soil preventing erosion, and
  • They return mineral balance and life to the soil allowing larger and more diverse plant species to germinate and prosper.

All very, very important elements to a healthy soil, and a healthy ecosystem; without them our soil would not have the amazing ability to bounce back that it does.

Weeds are Not the Problem!

Weeds are the symptom of poor or damaged soil, they are actually telling us what's wrong with our soil.

Once you know what minerals a particular weed mines from the subsoil, they become helpful indicators of what your soil needs.

By addressing the deficiencies in the soil (the cause) the weeds, no longer having a role to fill, naturally disappear all of their own accord, and with very little to no effort on your behalf.

If you have weeds of a certain type, constantly see pests and plant diseases popping up in your garden this is a sure sign that your soil is out of balance.

By doing a relatively inexpensive soil test you will know exactly what needs to be done to remove the cause and you will end up removing the weed, pest and disease problem by default.

This achieves a permanent solution to the “problem”; it may take a few years to get there but remember it is permanent, and ultimately much cheaper in the long run.

While applying chemicals makes it look like the problem has gone away, but what it is actually doing is making the problem long term, ultimately more expensive and labour intensive.

Remember: spraying a chemical is not addressing the mineral imbalance or the underlying cause of the problem which the chemical is actually meant to be eliminating.

Have you ever noticed soil which has been sprayed for weeds always has the same weeds appear year after year and in ever greater numbers?

That's because the chemicals are doing more damage to the soil, the underlying problem hasn't changed, so the end result is you are forced to buy chemicals every year....for life!

Chemicals mask the problem:

Chemicals by their nature only treat the symptoms or the problem weeds, pests and diseases while totally ignoring the cause which is soil mineral imbalance and damaged soils.

By creating healthy, living soil you are effectively removing the cause and this removes the problems of: weed growth, pests and plant disease.

This then totally eliminates your need to apply expensive and toxic chemicals to your soil and plants every year.

Of course the companies who make these chemicals will never tell you this because you'll stop buying their products and they will go out of business.

Other benefits to having a soil test:

Once the appropriate minerals are returned to your soil the health of your plants dramatically improves which in turn dramatically drops plant pest and disease pressure.

Image result for aphids on roses photosSome of the benefits to building healthy soil are:

  1. Reduction and/or elimination of weeds

  2. Reduction and/or eliminated insect pests

  3. Reduction and/or eliminated plant diseases

  4. Healthy plant growth

  5. Reduced work and effort in the garden

  6. Reduced overall cost

  7. Elimination of chemical exposure

  8. Increased leisure time and enjoyment in the garden

  9. Vastly superior crop yield, flavour, nutrition, and growth rate

Not only that but your edible plants will contain luxury levels of minerals for your health, which reduces sick days, expensive visits to your doctor and chemist so you're not putting toxic chemicals into your body and making your body suffer the same way our soils have been made to suffer from our exposure to chemicals.

Humans are part of nature and the same laws which govern the health of nature govern the health of humans too.

We live in a symptom based world:

Got a headache? Just pop an aspirin; it masks the symptom but doesn't address the cause. If you were to rehydrate your body, addressing the cause, the headache will disappear without using the chemical and it's side effects.

In the same way: weeds, pests and plant diseases will only go away when you remove what's causing the problem in the first place.

The only long term fix is creating healthy, living soil.

By mineral balancing your soil, removing the cause, you will have eliminated the symptoms, so no more running around in circles getting nowhere buying chemicals every year.

Since eliminating chemicals from my gardening, balancing my soil minerals, and creating a soil full of organic matter and microbes, my produce has taken on new dimensions of health, taste, size, yield; and overall the pleasure I get from watching my plants grow robustly with little to no pests and diseases is wonderful to experience.

I'd love to show you how to achieve the same. It's a little extra effort upfront but the long term benefits and reduced costs far outweigh the initial exercise.

Please contact me for an obligation free quote to start you on your journey of chemical free, wonderful gardening just the way nature intended.

Kindest regards,