Asked on Sep 9, 2019

How can I get rid of weeds?

Craft InvadersHolly Bertone | Pink FortitudeVimarhonor


4 answers
  • William
    on Sep 10, 2019

    I use one cup of vinegar, one cup of salt to two gallons water in a garden sprayer. Saturate the weeds till dripping. Do not use on lawn or in garden. Will kill everything. Boiling water on weeds in lawn and garden.

  • Vimarhonor
    on Sep 10, 2019

    Hello. Weed control can be an ongoing situation with a multifocal approach. Some helpful ideas include the following

    Cultural control in ornamental beds

    Prevent going to seed; hand pulls easily. Do not compost plants with seed heads.

    In Lawns

    • Cultural Practices
    • Maintain healthy, dense turf that can compete and prevent weed establishment.
    • Mechanical Management
    • Hand pulling or using an appropriate weeding tool are the primary means of mechanical weed control in lawns. This is a viable option at the beginning of an infestation and on young weeds. Hand pulling when the soil is moist makes the task easier. Weeds with tap roots like dandelions or have a basal rosette (leaves clustered close to the ground) like plantain are easier to pull than weeds such as Bermudagrass (wiregrass) or creeping Charlie (ground ivy) that spread with stolons or creeping stems that root along the ground.

    • Chemical Prevention/Treatment in Lawns
    • Herbicides should be used as a last resort because of the potential risks to people, animals, and the environment. Be aware of these precautions first.
    • Use a granular (apply with a spreader), selective, preemergent herbicide. Apply a preemergent without nitrogen fertilizer. Look for the active ingredient: Prodiamine (Barricade) or other preemergents labeled for crabgrass control. Apply in early spring (March) before it germinates. It germinates earlier than crabgrass so to prevent J. stiltgrass the preemergent needs to be applied a couple of weeks earlier than for crabgrass prevention.
    • Rainfall or irrigation is required to dissolve the herbicide which is then absorbed into the upper portion of the soil and forms a barrier which kills weed seedlings. Preemergent grass herbicides have residual activity that lasts for several weeks after application. High temperatures and rainfall will decrease the length of time they remain at sufficient concentration to be effective.

    • Tips for application:
    • If planning soil disturbance, such as aeration, do it before application.Apply prior to seed germination which begins, in early spring a couple of weeks before crabgrass seeds germinate.Water after application, according to label.A second application may be possible, usually 6-8 weeks later (see product label).Consult label for specific waiting period between application and overseeding.If Japanese stiltgrass is present in your lawn a postemergent herbicide labeled to control annual grass weeds like crabgrass can be used to spot treat young weeds. Herbicides do not work well on mature plants. Look for the active ingredient Fenoxaprop.

    Weeds cardboard

    I have resorted to placing pieces of cardboard out on top of weeds or unwanted groundcover-in the flower garden on top of weeds but not covering flowers and placing mulch on top. It works very well for smothering out unwanted vegetation

    Weeds grass elimination

    A commercial herbicide would work if you dont mind chemicals, or a flame torch like a weed dragon.

    We had a 200 foot pea gravel driveway that was a nightmare to maintain. Weeds grass and nuisance vegetation constantly popped up. Our options were to use round up vegetation killer or the weed dragon.Both worked but needed continued reapplication which seemed like 7-10 days. We ended up putting in a concrete driveway to solve this issue and I’ve never been happier!

    Weed dragons are a big hit to ignite fire pits too smiling

    They come in different sizes and prices depending on individual need. Great for gravel driveway weeding.

    If your weedy situation is too close to a flammable structure this weed burner won't be an option!

    Never burn poison ivy!


  • Hi Betty - The struggle is real, isn't it?!? This is the most effective all-natural weed killer DIY that we use. It's even been featured on Hometalk! Hope this helps! Hugs, Holly

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