Saturday, May 4, 2013

best DIY weed killer


Two things I have plenty of on this 6 acres are weeds and four-legged animals.  I have used "Roundup" for years to rid patches of weeds but I am trying to be more eco-responsible anyway I can.  I have always hated chemicals around my animals so I found a wonderful weed killer that is pennies per use and works like a charm!
  • White Vinegar (5% acidity or greater for best effectiveness)
  • Salt
  • Dawn liquid
  • Spray Bottle

Fill a spray bottle almost to capacity with vinegar, add a tablespoon of dish detergent and a 1/2 cup of salt.  Shake vigorously!  If you don't, the salt will clog the sprayer.  Then spray your weeds and within a few hours you will see them start to wilt and in about 24 hours - they're dead!  Best news ever!  (The other brands would take a week or so) If it doesn't work fast enough for you, add more salt.  It will kill grass, so be careful.

Gibbs was helping me spray and he even snuck a lick of the spray nozzle - but no worries!

As you can see I have alot of mulch beds to weed.





Each year I am amazed at how beautiful these azalea colors are.  Wish they lasted longer! There are some baby bunnies living under these bushes right now.  I pray the dogs and cats don't find them. 

I'll be killing more weeds this weekend, how about you? Have a glorious weekend!



14 comments:

  1. Who knew?! Thanks for sharing this tip. Your yard is as lovely as your new blog design. xoxo

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  2. Oh, I'm so trying this. Thanks for the info. Your yard looks lovely!

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  3. ong
    the weeds re a nightmare!!
    i will try this.


    oxo

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  4. oh wao this is a great concoction. And so safe! Your yard is beautiful. It must be so lovely having so much space. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  5. Calypso in the CountryMay 4, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    Thank you for posting a natural way to deal with weeds - especially when we have kids and a dog! I argue with my husband every year at this time when he calls the weed guy in to take care of our weeds. I hate using chemicals - and I hate Monsanto who makes Round Up! They are also involved in altering our food with GMOs - something I am hugely against! How's that for an early Saturday morning rant?!! Enjoy your weekend and that darling doggie!
    -Shelley

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  6. Have fun gardening! I just planted my flower containers yesterday and weeded the vegetable garden. I am done for the year, LOL! My husband does the gardening. I love your azaleas.

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  7. Thank you Nancy! I've been looking around stores for a weed killer but reading all the chemicals is a HUGE turn-off!!!!! You saved MY LAWN!!!

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  8. We are so trying this! I have a whole un-landscaped backyard that is covered in weeds!

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  9. I am trying this. I hope it works around vegetables

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  10. how large of a spray bottle do you use with the other ingredients

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  11. How long does it last? Ortho is guaranteed for a year:\

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  12. What size spray bottle? Great having beautiful gardens naturally!

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    1. It is a 32 Oz. spray bottle...good luck!

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  13. What size spray bottle? Great having beautiful gardens naturally!

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