Have you been using Round Up to kill weeds on your driveway or garden path? Did you know that Round Up is linked to infertility, cancer, thyroid issues and a collection of other health problems? Even if you don't spray it in your garden beds where you are growing food, the run off gets into our ground water - which in turn can get into our drinking water. Overall, Round Up is BAD BAD news! Stay away!
What the makers of Round Up don't want you to know (in addition to all the health issues their product has been linked to) is that you can create your own weed killer at home with a few simple ingredients you may already have in your kitchen. It is non-toxic to kids and pets. Won't contaminate ground water and it really works.
- 1 Gallon white vinegar
- 1/2 canister table salt (approx 13 ounces)
- 1/4 cup dish soap (I like Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Dish Soap for this since it is biodegradable)
- 1 gallon or larger Lawn and Garden Sprayer - be sure to use one that has not held chemicals previously. Also be sure to label it for organic gardening use only. I have one that I use ONLY for this purpose.
WARNING: This weed killing mix is best used on places where you do not want plants to ever grow. Like in cracks on sidewalks, driveways, walkways. Do not use this in garden beds as the salt can make it difficult for plants to thrive for a long time after it has been applied. If you need to kill a lot of weeds or grass in a garden bed, follow this method instead.
Step 1: Wait for a sunny day
Watch your weather forecast and apply this on a day when it is sunny. The more warm and sunny the day is, the quicker it will kill the weeds. A day where it is not forecast to rain for several days in a row after application is ideal.
Step 2: Mix
To your garden sprayer add the 1/2 canister of salt. Pour one gallon of white vinegar over it. Add approximately 1/4 cup dish soap. Screw the top on tight and turn it sideways, shaking gently back and forth to combine.
Step 3: Spray
Following the instructions for your sprayer, pressurize the inside so that it will spray out via the handle. Find a weed that needs to die and spray it well. Be sure to cover the leaves well with the weed killer solution. Once the leaves are well covered, I like to spray a little extra into the very center of the plant to help soak into the tap root.
Step 4: Sun
Leave everything alone to let the solution and the sun to work together to kill your weeds. This is what a sprayed weed looked like after about 90 minutes in the sun on a hot summer day after applying this solution.
If it is less than 80 degrees outside or your weed is not in a particularly sunny spot, it may take a little longer for your weed to die. That's ok. Just be patient. If your weed hasn't died after 24 hours, you can re-apply the solution again.
Bonus: The weed killing solution also works well on moss! This is what I use during the spring to kill moss and it works great even if it's still grey and not very warm out. It just needs about 24 hours to work its magic.
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