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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

KILL WEEDS with Ingredients From Your Kitchen- It’s Easy, Fast and Cheap!

Sunny Sleevez

Weeds are a time and water consuming pest, if like me, you are fed up with them always showing up in the wrong place but you don’t want to add to ground water pollution give these low toxic homemade herbicides a try instead of their more toxic chemical versions.
Many common weeds can be used as either food (dandelion leaves as salad greens), medicine (daisy for a sore muscles and headaches) but all of them are unwanted. Using a more environmentally friendly herbicide reduces the risk to you, your kids and pets.
Strong chemical herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides can end up polluting our groundwater, and get into storm drain run over that goes straight unfiltered to the ocean.
Hands down the lowest impact on the environment is to pull them up and be sure to dig out the roots. Which is fine for the odd one or two but it can be hugely time consuming and frankly a pain the in the bum!
For a quick, cheap way to effectively get rid of weeds, give these homemade herbicides a try.
[NOTE. 'natural' or homemade does not mean that they are completely safe for your soil, or you. Keep in mind something designed to kill weeds will likely kill any other plants it comes in contact, and they may cause human injuries if misused.]
COOK ‘EM:
This is by far the easiest and safest, as long s you can manage not to spill it on yourself/kids/pets! 
So fill the kettle, bring to the boil pour it over the leaves and stems of the weeds, this is particularly effective for those pesky weeds in sidewalks or driveway cracks. You can also do this over a large area that you’d like to replant after you have got rid of all weeds as nothing is left behind to harm new planting.
SEASON ‘EM
Common table salt is an effective herbicide as is white vinegar, and citrus oils, but salt & vinegar can have a detrimental effect in the soil so that nothing will grow after. It can also discolor cement so keep well away from paths and walkways.
We use regular white vinegar sold in the supermarket is 5% acetic acid, this usually works on most weeds, there is a stronger version available in many garden supply stores but this can also be harmful to skin, lungs eyes so we steer clear of that.
Cover or tie back the leaves of all plants not to be sprayed.
Sun Shrugs

  • Dissolve 1 cup salt in 1 gallon of vinegar
  • A few squirts of liquid dish soap (helps to stick to leaf surfaces)
  • Few drops of citrus or clove oil (smells nice too)
  • Add to spray bottle.
DO NOT SOAK SOIL
Multiple applications may be necessary.
LET THE MULE DO THE DONKEY WORK:
Borax, which is sold as a laundry and cleaning product in many grocery stores, can be an effective herbicide.
Cover or tie back the leaves of all plants not to be sprayed.
  • dissolve 10 ounces powdered borax in 2.5 gallons water,
  • Add to sprayer, coat leaves weeds.
  • Avoid contact with bare skin.
DO NOT SOAK SOIL
Multiple applications may be necessary.
If you've been fighting with unwanted weeds in your yard, what other homemade herbicides have you found to be most useful?

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