What is an effective natural DIY weed killer? thank you!

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  • Crystal M Higginbotham Crystal M Higginbotham on Jun 21, 2017
    Vinegar, salt, and dish soap like Dawn! Keep in mind that, like a lot of weed killers, it can also kill your grass, so be careful.

  • 13526476 13526476 on Jun 21, 2017
    If you've seen any of my other posts, I'm a huge proponent of BOILING water. It gives you immediate results. Like weeding, you may have to repeat the process, and you will have to be vigilant, but this NATURAL method is guaranteed not to poison your soil or anything else. Just be sure to pour the boiling water on the weeds you want to destroy.

  • Sno25017852 Sno25017852 on Jun 21, 2017
    Full strength vinegar works very well! There's a concoction of vinegar, epsom salt and dish soap floating around on Facebook but I found straight vinegar works.

  • Carole Triplett Brooks Carole Triplett Brooks on Jun 21, 2017
    Pulling weeds by hand is always the most reliable solution, but I accept that there are times when herbicides may be the practical choice. For small outbreaks or perimeter weeds, though, I prefer to seek out a response other than the use of synthetic chemicals. Fortunately, a cheap and easy natural alternative using ingredients from the pantry will get the job done. To a point.

    When looking for a natural alternative to herbicides, a cocktail of vinegar, salt and liquid dish soap has all of the ingredients needed to quickly kill weeds. Acetic acid in the vinegar and the salt are both very good at drawing moisture from weeds. Dish soap acts as a surfactant, which is an agent that will reduce the surface tension that can cause the weed-killing concoction to bead on the leaves instead of being absorbed by the plant. On a warm, sunny day, the results of this homemade spray will be obvious in a matter of hours as weeds turn brown and wither.

    Depending on the weeds and the season, the results can be speedy and effective. But there are downsides. Unlike some chemical solutions, this formula is not built to work its way into the root system, meaning multiple treatments will probably be necessary to keep weeds at bay. Additionally, when looking for a quick fix, sunshine makes a big difference and the 5% acetic acid in most household vinegars may fall short of expectations against hardier weeds.

    Shortcomings aside, keeping a spray bottle of this homemade solution on hand is an inexpensive and often effective weapon against weeds that may pop up along walkways, fences or house foundations. Spray the targeted weeds and avoid dousing the soil or nearby plants. This weed killer doesn’t have its Master Gardener certification and can’t tell the difference between weeds and the plants you’d prefer to keep around.

    This natural weed killer is great for light weeding, but when it comes to tending to the garden, don’t put away your gloves just yet. Keep pulling.

    Natural Weed Killer

    1 gallon white vinegar
    1 cup salt
    1 TBSP dish soap

  • Cat Cat on Jun 21, 2017
    thank u all very much!