Organic weedkiller?

Hi, Can anyone tell me if there is an organic weedkiller?  I have a bird feeder which is stood in gravel and the seeds sprout faster than I can weed them out.  I use the organic slug pellets but have been unable to find any weedkiller in the garden centres.  I don't want to harm the birds by using ordinary weedkiller but neither do I want the grass growing  between the gravel, so I would very much  appreciate any help.



  • Bee witchedBee witched Scottish BordersPosts: 332

    Hi Lavenderlass,

    You could also try a weed control flame gun. I find this really useful in controlling weeds in gravel. Very quick and easy to use.

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  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 2,853

    And you could start to get the high energy no mess bird seed. Doesn't sprout.

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  • Abi4Abi4 Posts: 50

    I was going to suggest the same as hogweed. I buy the no mess seed all the time and the birds can throw it around as much as they please.


  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,115
    Organic weedkiller is not possible. Even vinegar is not organic, it is acetic acid.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 24,392

    The other thing to remember is that organic doesn't necessarily mean harmless or wildlife friendly. image

  • Many thanks to everyone your replies were very helpful.  Will look for the high energy no mess bird seed but must admit I thought organic would be a safe option if there was such a thing.  Again many thanks.

  • WillDBWillDB Posts: 1,173

    The chance of properly applied glyphosate harming the birds is probably zero, but I would be leery of weedkillers like 'Pathclear' which would probably be more useful in preventing new weeds appearing (they are residual weedkillers). Simplest approach would be putting the feeder on some slabs, or on the lawn.

  • Unfortunately I don't have a lawn.  I decided to get rid of it while I was working (perhaps not the best of ideas) but can't face replacing the gravel now, but I do try not to use weedkillers if I can get away with it.  Bird seed grass seems to have a rapid germination, faster then the birds can eat it.

  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,907

    I tried the high energy no mess seed: it still produced a wonderful germination rate under the feeders. I used the flame thrower approach for weed control when simply getting down there and pulling them up wont suffice.

  • Abi4Abi4 Posts: 50

    The latest reports on glyphosphate are pointing towards it being a cause of cancers. Personally I steer clear of all weed killers, buy no mess seed ...there are various brands out there and am sure you could find an organic source. Under the bird feeder was one of the few areas I didn't have weeds and still don't. I do have two wild ducks that have taken up residence under the feeder and clear any fallen seed at the rate of knots. Maybe you could consider getting a couple image

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