With spring here, it’s time for us to start tending to our gardens. Though you’ll want to rid your garden of unsightly weeds that can strangle out your other plants, you might not want to douse them with harsh chemicals.
You can keep your plants, your children, and the environment safe by using natural remedies to kill garden weeds. Here are eight of our favorite.
Baking Soda for Crevices
Sprinkle baking soda into the spaces between your pavers and other parts of your patio to prevent weeds, like dandelions, from growing. They won’t like the sodium.
Salt Water Solution
Bring 1 cup of salt and 2 cups of water to a boil. You’ll want to pour this mixture directly onto your weeds to kill them. You can also sprinkle some salt directly on unwanted grass and weeds that pop up.
Fill a spray bottle with some vinegar and spray it directly onto the weeds or grass you want to kill. Spray the root or lowest level of the stem to the top of the weed so you kill the roots and it won’t grow again.
You may have to repeat this every other day until it stops growing, especially if it rains. Also, be careful to protect your other plants from the spray.
Another natural weed killer spray uses 1-ounce vodka, some liquid soap, and 2 cups of water. Only make enough of this solution for you to use in one shot.
It’s best to apply this mixture on a sunny day and using it on weeds that grow in direct sunlight. The alcohol will break down the waxy coating on its leaves and will help the sun to dry it out. It won’t work in the shade.