How do I safely kill weeds growing in very dry ground?


We got a 90s manufactured home that needs a LOT of work but has a big back yard for our 3 doggies that we're thrilled about. One thing I'm not at all thrilled about is all the weeds. Big prickly weeds and the stickers are horrible on puppy toes (mine too when they track them in). If we cut them down they'll grow right back and pulling or digging them is next to impossible - the ground here is like cement - especially in the dry season. I've tried the vinegar/salt/dish soap that I've seen on here and it doesn't seem to phase them. I don't want to use commercial products because of the doggies - they chew on things in the yard. Any ideas? 😫

q how do i kill az weeds
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  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jul 18, 2019

    2 cups white vinegar

    ¼ cup salt

    Squirt of dawn

    Mix in a spray bottle. If you have a larger area, you can mix in a garden sprayer with larger quantities. Use when it will not be raining for a few hours so that it isn’t washed away.

  • Tinyshoes Tinyshoes on Jul 18, 2019

    I would use 2 cups vinegar, 1/4 cup Epson salt, Dawn (just a little), spray bottle and shake.

  • Jsa22571668 Jsa22571668 on Jul 18, 2019

    I’ve used extra strength vinegar & salt for years. You don’t even need the soap. It never fails! All the best.

  • Diana Deiley Diana Deiley on Jul 18, 2019

    Oh yes, these nasty weeds! I had them in Arizona. :( You can effectively use the formula suggested - it will work. Best of luck.

  • Deb K Deb K on Jul 18, 2019

    Boiling water and then vinegar, that should do them in!

  • There are a million recipes out there any one of them will work, but you must completely saturate the weed. A quick spritz does nothing - drown repeatedly. I don't bother with all the additives, I just use straight white vinegar in a pump sprayer.

  • DawnMarie763 DawnMarie763 on Jul 18, 2019

    Epsom salt vinegar dawn hot water. Be sure you drench to roots but be careful it kills anything and everything green and nothing will grow back for a very long time.. otherwise dig it up to include all the root if is really dry make sure to water soak first then did up!!

  • Peggy L Burnette Peggy L Burnette on Jul 19, 2019

    Hi this is Peggy. I know how you feel our pets are family and we would never harm them. Use the natural weed killer during the sunny hottest part of the day and it works better. Good luck How to Kill Weeds & Grass With No Harm to Pets | Home Guides | SF ...

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  • Columbia GB Columbia GB on Jul 19, 2019

    Try this. With protective shoes or boots, use your foot to push the top over to one side and mash to the ground to expose the stem. Then take a sharp, strong clipper and push it into the soil 4-5" below ground level around the stem and clip it off. Note where at least one of these was, so you can monitor if it came back. Also, if root below stem is super thick, try a tree branch lopper. Good luck!

  • Dee Dee on Jul 21, 2019