With spring here and summer fast approaching, it’s that time of year for all of us to start working in our gardens and get our yards looking their best. But pesky weeds tend to throw a wrench in those plans, and using chemicals to get rid of them may not always be in your best interests.
So if you’re looking for an environmentally safer way to kill weeds, here are eight natural remedies for getting rid of them.
1. 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.
2. Salt Water Solution
Bring one cup of salt and two cups of water to a boil. 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 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, preventing it from growing again.
Mix 1 ounce of vodka, some liquid soap, and 2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Only make enough of this solution for you to use in one shot. Spray the mixture on a sunny day, using it on weeds that grow in direct sunlight.
Covering your garden with mulch will prevent weed seeds from growing and coming into contact with soil. It also keeps sunlight out, which will prevent them from sprouting.
Wet your soil, then place a layer of newspaper down over your weeds. Wet it once more and cover with some mulch. This will also keep out sunlight.
7. Weed Torch
Weed torches work by heating up the water inside the cells of the plant. The water turns to steam and the cells inside the plant explode, causing it to die.
Never use this on poison ivy or other poisonous plants because it will release the poison oils into the air and thus into your eyes and lungs.
Sprinkling your garden with cornmeal will prevent weed seeds from germinating. But it will also prevent all seeds from growing into plants, so make sure all your plants are established and that you’ve finished planting your seeds first.