Can I remove weeds without chemicals?
Yes you can! Not only is it more ecologically friendly for your foodscaped garden, it’s cheap and easy too! We will run through how to kill the weeds in your garden by using only hot water, salt, vinegar and a short amount of time.
This method will also kill any grass or other plants surrounding it & is best used for weeds coming up through your patio or driveway.
What do I need to remove weeds naturally?
You don’t need much at all! To make the natural weed killing mixture, you will need the following:
- Ladle or a jug with a spout
How to make natural weed killer
- Fill a large pan with boiling water from the kettle or heat cold water up on the stove
- Once the water has boiled, add a generous amount of salt to the hot water and stir it until dissolved
- Remove the pan from the hob, be careful on the next step
- Add a generous amount of vinegar to the hot water. When adding the vinegar, keep your head away from the pan and avoid breathing in the steam, it will make you cough – lots!
- Carefully transport the mixture to the weeds whilst it’s still as hot as possible, ladle the water over the weeds you wish to kill
- Over the next few days you will see them die back, once they have shriveled completely you can pull them out with ease.
This method is very effective and it will kill off the roots too. But it is temporary, you will need to repeat this every few months. It is important to remember though that it is very eco friendly. There is no need to use chemicals when removing weeds.
It is important to remember all weed killers are temporary so why not be kind to the environment and use this salt, vinegar and water mix! For more permanent weed removal you will need to look at more drastic measures such as flagging or paving the area.
Why should I not use chemicals to remove weeds?
Aside from being foul smelling and dangerous to handle, chemicals in weed killers are bad for the environment, wildlife and even your beloved house pets! It is especially less logical to use chemicals when it is so easy to remove weeds without them.
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