Using chemicals is so easy to kill those undesirable weeds in our outdoor backyard gardens. However, sometimes our beautiful landscape goes down with it. These DIY recipes for weed killers will help you have a healthier garden to thrive during the summer.
Natural And Toxin Free
This is an easy recipe that only takes three ingredients:
- 1 gallon vinegar
- 1 cup table salt
- 1 tablespoon dish soap
Pour the gallon of vinegar into a bucket, add the cup of salt and stir until dissolved. Lastly, blend together the dish soap. Funnel the mixture into a plastic spray bottle, and drench the weeds in your backyard on dry and sunny days.
Vinegar is a great option when it comes to being an effective weed killer. It’s eco-friendly, meaning it doesn’t harm the environment, neither does it harm people and pets. The only drawback here is that vinegar’s action doesn’t last, so new weeds grow very quickly. Check some tips on how to Start An Organic Garden In 8 Simple Steps.
The absolute easiest and fastest way to get rid of weeds - especially the young ones. Also, since it’s just pure water, it won’t affect the rest of your garden in any way. This means your backyard landscape design will be intact! Be really careful about this one, though. Have gloves and proper clothes on, and make sure your pets and your kids are inside the house. Taking a lot of precautions when handling hot water is absolutely necessary.
It works better for young weeds, and you can also add a tablespoon of salt for extra effectiveness.
It might sound a bit strange, but there are several weeds that are actually edible, such as:
- Lamb’s Quarters
- Wild Amaranth
Be cautious when picking out these herbs - make sure you positively identify them and avoid eating anything that grows outside your garden. If you’re not sure, don’t take a chance. Learn more about it.
To prevent weeds from growing in the cracks of driveways or around the house, pour baking soda on them. The excess sodium will make it much less hospitable for the most common weeds! Your home landscape design will be a lot more beautiful once those weeds are out of the way.
Cut Out the Sun
If you don’t want to risk any chemicals upsetting your garden or structures, you can kill weeds by covering them with a few sheets of newspaper, thus blocking out the sun. Whatever seeds were there won’t grow anymore, and if any does grow, it will wither and die in a few days.
Related: How To Kill Weeds With Effectiveness
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