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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Homemade Weed Killer Recipes


The weather has FINALLY decided to get "pretty" and STAY that way! It's been in the 70's and 80's all this week and I couldn't be happier! Since we can say Good-Bye to the coldness, It's time to crawl in the dirt and get to work done in our gardens! I'm not going to plant any veggies this year but I do plan on adding some beautiful Morning Glories to my garden, in memory of a special lady who I miss more than anything! I'll take photos once I get to planting!! I can't wait!!

My morning glories were beautiful this past Summer! I added a photo below and will post more on the blog once my desktop computer gets back up and running again :)
(Updated on November 11, 2013)

In Loving Memory of Donna Jo Wolf aka Moms


But Until Then........

While looking around on Facebook I ran across a post shared from a friend about Homemade Weed Killer. Noone likes weeds mixed in with our flowers and veggies! I know how my fans along with myself, love saving money and being natural when we can, so I posted what I found below.

Homemade Weed Killer:

  • 1 gallon of White Vinegar 
  • 1/2 cup Salt 
  • Liquid Dish Soap without Bleach
  • Empty Spray Bottle

Pour salt into the empty spray bottle and fill it the rest of the way up with white vinegar.
Add a 1 squirt of liquid dish soap and gently "swirl" the bottle to mix up.
For best results, Use on a hot day.
Spray the mixture onto weeds in the morning; As the day heats up, your Homemade Weed Killer will get to work!
Please read , the notes

Vinegar: Kills weeds quick with just a couple sprays. Household vinegar is approximately 5% acetic acid concentration which will stop new growth in it's tracks.
-- For best results: Do Not dilute with water and make sure to choose a day/time when rain is no where to be seen.
-- For best results on mature and/or the stubborn varieties: Use a stronger vinegar, like pickling vinegar. (which is about 9%)

Salt: Use Caution When Using Salt in Your Garden!! This is very effective but keep in mind that large amounts of salt will cause damage to the surrounding soil as well. Salt should only be used in places where you want NO plant growth (Including: driveways, walkways, sidewalk cracks, under decks and patio blocks, etc.)
-- Directions For Use: Mix together 1 part salt & 2 parts water. You can also sprinkle salt straight over top.

Salt & Vinegar Recipe: (Read Above Info) Combine 1 1/4 cups of salt with 1 gallon of household vinegar. -- Spray where needed.

Vinegar & Dish Detergent: Fill an empty spray bottle with pickling vinegar and add a 1 or 2 squirts of liquid dish detergent. Spray during the hottest part of the day.

Liquid Dish Detergent: Make a soap solution of 1 part liquid dish detergent to 10 parts water. Soak the weed growth thoroughly.

Boiling Water: Plug in the kettle, Bring water to a boil then pour over top of the weeds! (You end up sending them into shock &"cooking" them to death)

Lemon Juice: Use either straight lemon juice or a 1/2 cup lemon juice mixed with 1 quart household vinegar. This works just about the same as straight vinegar. Lemon juice can be more expensive so use with care or unless you find yourself with more lemon juice than you plan on using.

Popular Homemade Weed Killer Recipe: 1 quart household vinegar, 1/4 cup salt, 2 teaspoons liquid dish detergent (without bleach) Mix together and spray.

Corn Gluten Meal: (Not to be confused with Corn Meal) This is an all natural product that deters weeds spreading by seed, a great source of info regarding this method can be found here: City Of Ottawa (how and when to apply it, etc.). Effective on crabgrass, dandelions, curly dock, knotweed, lambs quarters, pigweed, plantain and others. Can be used on lawns, flowerbeds, bulb beds and vegetable gardens. Make sure to use CGM that is labeled as “pre-emergent herbicide“, stuff from the feedstore doesn’t have enough protein to work. Keep in mind that using CGM affects seed growth for all types of plants, not just those you’re trying to get rid of.

*Helpful Tips*
Many natural remedies and products will not only work, but may also kill the surrounding grass, plants and flowers. When using a recipe, make sure to apply to the weed only.
Keep in mind that liquids will saturate and seep into the ground where roots from your favorite plants may be able to reach.

Use when there is no sign of rain for at least one or two days

Hot sunny weather will give you best results.

For gardens and flower beds, consider laying newspapers and mulch in and around your plants–the weeds will have a difficult time rooting and spreading 

Weed growth can be greatly reduced when using the No Dig method of gardening. The idea is to make a foundation of compost/mulch, then only use soil where you plant... As in - Make a hole in the mulch, Add a handful or two of soil inside then plant the seed!

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