I would like to eradicate some weeds (alot) from my yard. What can I?


n I use that is not toxic. I refuse to use roundup or any other such product. Thank you so much.

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  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Jul 13, 2021

    Selective herbicides ( wont harm grass) can be purchased at most retail venues —if you do not wish to use commercial chemicals preparations -in addition to hand weeding—-there are diy homemade alternatives.

    Recipes using natural household products can be a way to eliminate your weeds, these very helpful links from Hometalk are a great a great synopsis.




  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Jul 13, 2021

    Hi Marirose, besides eradicated the weeds by hand, here are a few natural weed killer recipes you can try - https://www.thegardenglove.com/how-to-make-safe-homemade-weed-killer/

  • Here's what I use: Take a spray bottle and cover the bottom with salt and fill it up with vinegar. Add a few drops of dish soap and shake. Spray on the weeds.


  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jul 13, 2021

    You can make the natural weed killers:

    1 gallon vinegar

    1 cup salt

    1/4 cup blue dawn

    That will kill everything, there is no way to single out weeds if you generally spray it. What you could do is take a milk jug (empty)and cut the bottom out, place it over the weed you want to kill and spray through the top. That will isolate the weed.

  • Janice Janice on Jul 13, 2021

    You can spray fairly large areas in a short time using Ann's recipe and an inexpensive garden sprayer available at Walmart, Home Depot, Lowes.... (about $20) . I use the combo of vinegar, salt, and Dawn all the time.

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Jul 13, 2021

    As a spot killer goes you could consider salt. I always buy extra sidewalk salt when it goes on sale in the spring and cover all around the edges of our lower pea gravel "deck" it really helps and doesn't harm anything. After that you could consider seeding over your yard with a native grass that might help grow out those weeds.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jul 13, 2021

    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.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jul 13, 2021

    While vinegar is the key ingredient, it works best in tandem with dish soap and salt. "A general recipe is one cup of salt, one tablespoon of dish soap, and one gallon of vinegar," Reutinger says. Blythe Yost, CEO and co-founder of Tilly, an online landscape design company, says that white vinegar is the best choice as it's colorless and inexpensive. "The salt and vinegar work together to dissolve the plant's cell walls, and the dish soap acts as a facilitator to help the mixture coat the leaves more effectively," she says. "Check the acidity of the vinegar; sometimes, you can find more acidic options. These will be more effective. However, keep in mind [that] although this is made of household products, you should wear eye and hand protection when handling."

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jul 13, 2021


    Maybe use a Flame Wand to kill them.

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Jul 14, 2021

    1qt of vinager 1/4 cut of salt 3 squirts of dish soap put this mixture ina spray bottle and shake up and spray only on weeds it will kill anything it’s sprayed on .

  • Betsy Betsy on Jul 14, 2021

    Hi Marirose: Well, whatever you put on your weeds to kill them, will kill everything else around them that gets sprayed. You need to spot treat your yard, which seems to be an overwhelming task. The only options I see are to spot treat, pull the weeds or kill everything and start over with seed or sod. Yeah, not what you wanted to hear, but there's no sugar coating it :(

    Good luck

  • Annie Annie on Jul 19, 2021

    Weed as much by hand as you can. Cover with heavy landscape fabric or even black plastic for a year.