These unwelcomed visitors seem to always find their way to our yards and decks. Why wouldn’t they, when fresh soil and the warm rays of the sun are offering them the perfect environment to grow?
Removing them manually is always a safe bet, and the abundance in chemical herbicides also helps. However, in a world where we all want to make healthier and more sustainable choices, organic replacements are the best solution.
Why bother in the first place? They’re just plants aren’t they?
Well, they can cause great damages to the neighboring plants in your garden. Whether it’s flowers, trees, vegetables, or just plain grass, parasitic plants will compete with them for space and neutrinos.
As a result, anything that’s planted next to them will be weakened or destroyed. That’s why you need to get rid of them as soon as you spot them.
So here are some natural DIY weed killer methods to help you.
Nothing is simpler! Plain tap water boiled with a tablespoon of salt will do the trick. Just put it in a bowl while it’s still piping hot and pour it on the areas where the weeds grow.
Mulch and ground covers
Easy, cheap, effortless, and save. Should I add more? Photosynthesis is an undeniably important step in the growth of any plant, and weeds are no exception.
By using mulch or any kind of ground covers, you can prevent the sunlight from getting into the weed plant. As a result, of course, this will hinder their growth process and they will eventually die.
Another effortless solution to keep your lawn fresh is cornmeal. All you’ll have to do is sprinkle it around the desired areas, and you’re done.
Cornmeal contains gluten which serves as a natural and environmentally safe herbicide. It works better if you’re dealing with chickweed, dandelions, and crabgrass.
Vinegar and Epsom Salt
Epsom salt is commonly used to treat pains, swollen joints, and mainly to relax muscles. Among its uses, is also a natural weed killer especially if combined with Horticultural vinegar.
What you’ll need is a 4 to 1 ratio mix. For example, take 2 cups of Horticultural vinegar and ½ cup of Epsom salt. Mix them in a bottle, and start spraying the weed plants you want to get rid of.
Horticultural vinegar can contain up to 20 percent acetic acid. It can damage plant cells, thereby killing weeds along the process.
Vinegar and Dish-soap
Grab any clean spray bottle, and pour in 1 gallon of white vinegar. Now add in 1 cup of salt and 1 tablespoon of your regular dish soap. Shake it up and spray the weed.
For best results, spray them during midday when the sun is at its peak.