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Make Your Own Homemade Weedkillers

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Getting rid of weeds is something that a lot of people struggle with, especially as most weed killers contain a lot of harsh chemicals that are not good for the rest of your garden. We have put together a list of some great ways to get rid of weeds that don’t harm the environment.

 

Boiling Water. Pouring boiling water over unwanted weeds is a great way to get rid of unwanted plant life. You can even use left over water from boiling pasta or potatoes. A splash of scalding water will shrivel even the toughest weeds in a couple of days.

 

Smother Them. Cover low growing weeds with layers of newspaper, about 10 layers would be effective. Eventually the lack of sunlight will exterminate any weeds covered by the paper. As a method of prevention, you could lay down newspaper and cover it with mulch, this will prevent weeds sprouting in the first place.

 

Apply Salt. Stock up on discounted rock salt at the end of winter and sprinkle it on garden paths to fight weeds in the spring. Salt also makes a good weed barrier along lawn edgings and other places a lawn mover can’t reach, but apply it carefully. It can erode concrete surfaces and can leave the ground barren for a prolonged period of time.

 

Pour Vinegar on Them. Pour vinegar over weeds, even left over liquid from a jar of pickles, and they will be dead a few days later. This is a good way to exterminate weeds with long taproots, like dandelions, dock, and plantain.

 

We hope this list will be useful to you and will help to reduce the number of weeds in your garden whilst being kind to the environment. Why not tweet us your homemade weed remedies? We would love to hear from you!