I love being out in my yard,and I tend to pull the weeds out a few each day!! I am not one for using poison at all. I guess I worry about it affecting my beloved dogs! With my climate so wonderful for outdoor activities here in North Qld,I am usually able to do an hour a day out in my yard!! I often even go and pull weeds for my neighbour! She often cooks for me when she is cooking for herself and her 2 young boys,so I feel it is the least I am able to do in return,It is something I actually enjoy,so It is not a chore for me at all!! I am only able to do small amounts at any time though,
We don't have a garden at all. We chose to rent a house that has a cemented area for children to play their sports in. I rather like it this way. A few weeds to sprout out once in a while, so I pull them out, or my husband does.
I think its great to pull weeds if you anly have a small yard. But had a garden that was about 2 hectares. I pulled weeds, sprayed with care. I had wonderful bird and animal life in my garden and dogs and cats that were always in the garden with me. They all lived long healthy lives, dieing of old age.The above example in steps or paving would get worse every season if you didn't spray. With the roots and base of weeds expanding the gaps further each season, making paving uneven and dangerous.
I do a mixture. Like some others who answered this question, I pour boiling water on some weeds, especially when they are wedged in the cracks in cement. I pull out some weeds and yes, it can be therapeutic. Sometimes I leave weeds and at the back of the shed the weeds got poisoned. I blocked the area off so our dog couldn't access the area. I prefer not to use poison but the weeds were out of control there.
I have never sprayed anything in the garden. Whilst I am physically able, I will pull the weeds by hand. It is part and parcel of gardening so I don't mind doing it. Something that just has to be done. I am against spraying in the garden. We have pets that may accidentally get poisoned by all those chemicals .