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3 DIY Weed Killers That Genuinely Work

Photo by Ylanite Koppens

Weeds can ruin your garden in lots of different ways. When they spring up in your lawn, they affect how the grass grows, meaning your lawn ends up all patchy and horrible. On patios or decking, they look ugly and can really ruin the way your garden looks aesthetically. 

Unfortunately, most weed killers are packed full of chemicals that can harm other plant life in your outdoor space. Instead, it’s better to use a DIY approach that’s easier on your budget – and nicer to the rest of your garden. Check out these three ideas for more info: 

#1 Boiling water

Yep, it’s a simple solution to a common problem. Weeds spring up all the time, but pouring some boiling water over them will ensure they quickly perish and die. Make sure you take action as soon as you see the weeds and pour enough water for it to drain down and get to the roots. This should be effective on lots of common garden weeds – particularly ones that are quite frail and brittle. 

#2 Vinegar

Vinegar always seems to be that one thing that works for just about everything. People use vinegar to remove stains on carpets, and you can use it to kill a few pesky weeds. Distilled white vinegar is probably the best type to use, but you can use apple cider vinegar if you have some lying around. The more acidic the vinegar is – so, the higher the concentration of acetic acid in the product – the more effective it will be. 

Mix your vinegar with dishwashing liquid and either pour or spray it on the weeds. Do this when it’s dry outside and there isn’t any rain forecast for a while. Otherwise, the solution just gets washed away before it can take effect. 

#3 Salt (Only use on patios and pathways)

Salt is kryptonite to weeds because it dries out the plant and stops it from growing. Unfortunately, the same can be said for all the plants you want to grow in your garden. As such, you shouldn’t use this DIY solution on your lawn or any soil patches. It’s best reserved for patios and pathways where weeds have started to grow through to the surface. 

All you need to do is mix one part salt with two parts water, and pour it over the weeds on your patio. 

Getting rid of weeds for good

All of these ideas will help you kill the weeds and stop them from growing, but you still have to get rid of them. The best solution is to pop on some gardening gloves and rip up the dead weeds from their roots. If you’ve amassed a sizeable collection that’s too big to put in any gardening bags, you can find companies like Evergreen Junk Removal who’ll help you get rid of all the waste. Now, your garden will be free from weeds, making it look as beautiful as possible. 

There you go; three simple DIY ways to kill weeds in your garden. You’re simply applying basic science to your outdoor area without the need for any harmful pesticides or chemicals. 

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