Organic Weed Control

Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in Carolines Blog, gardening, Weed Control | 0 comments

Organic Weed Control

Pulling weeds by hand is not always easy or practical, especially when they are on a patio or driveway. At ARCH we do not use chemical weed-killers and prefer to use
organic solutions which are safer for children and pets.
We’ve listed a couple of ways to tackle weeds below, however bear in mind that they may also kill surrounding plants unless you make sure to apply to the weed only.

Use when there’s no sign of rain for at least a day or two, hot sunny weather will give you best results.

Vinegar – Kill weeds dead with a good shot of vinegar. For best results, don’t dilute with water. Household vinegar will do the trick for new growth, or if you have any pickling vinegar, that will give better results for more mature and stubborn weeds.

Salt – This is effective but keep in mind that significant amounts will cause damage to surrounding soil as well. Salt should only be used in places where you want no plant growth, like driveways, paths and patios. Use a ratio of 1 part salt to 2 parts water.

Salt & Vinegar Recipe – (read notes above first). Combine 1 1/4 cups of table salt with 1 gallon of household vinegar. Spray where needed.

Vinegar & Washing Up Liquid – Fill a spray bottle with vinegar and add a squirt or two of washing up liquid. There are a few organic ones on the market. Spray during the hottest part of the day.

Washing Up Liquid – Make a soap solution of 1 part liquid to 10 parts water. Soak the pesky weeds with this mix.

Boiling Water – Plug in the kettle, bring it to a boil then pour the hot water over weeds (you’re basically cooking them to death).

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