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Alternative Organic Weed Killer

Alternative to Glyphosate

weed-killerWe are all aware of the potential health hazards to exposure of Glyphosate based weed killers. There are other chemical alternatives on the markets, but are they completely safe?  So what is a safe alternative?

A good tip to know is that a healthy, well seeded and watered lawn is able to choke most weed invaders.  Water deep when necessary and keep your grass cut high. Cutting too low will allow the weeds to get the sun they need to grow and spread. Pull weeds when you see them and inspect your landscape often.

How to Make Your Own Weed Killer With Just 4 Ingredients?

You can make your own incredibly effective alternative organic weed killer using just 4 ingredients you probably have in your kitchen right now.

  1. White Vinegar. Ordinary distilled white vinegar with 5% acidity is cheap and works very well. you can use the higher the acidity, as it will work faster the more acidic it is, but this could throw off the pH balance in your soils.
  2. Table Salt. Basic iodized or unionized table salt. One thing to remember that using salt in soil can render that soil usable until the salt is washed away.  So localize salt usage to flowerbeds, side walks and driveways is recommended.
  3. Dish washing soap. The dish washing liquid is used in order to break the surface tension of the white vinegar so that it will stick to the weeds and force them to more readily absorb it.
  4. Water This is of course the most effective means to kill weeds.  Boiling water instantly kills any vegetation it is poured on to.  This is why you should limit this method to weeds in sidewalk cracks, driveways and walkways.

How To Use Your Weed Killer

Now that you’ve got your alternative organic weed killer solution, there are different ways to use it.  If you plan to spray in areas that will be replanted, or if you want to use it on areas where you never intend to grow again.

Using it in areas to be replanted. If you have weeds in areas you’d like to replant, here’s how to use your weed killer. Fill up an ordinary sprayer with white vinegar and then add about a teaspoon of liquid dish washing soap. Once your soap and vinegar is added to the sprayer, put the top on and get ready to spray. That’s all you have to do!

It is ideal to choose a dry, hot day to spray your weeds. Spray until they’re completely saturated and they’ll begin to wilt and shrivel up within just a few hours. Be very careful not to spray anything you want to live, but you don’t have to be concerned about killing anything below the soil as it won’t harm it. If a spray bottle is not handy or you want to more control over the area you saturate with the weed killer, then use a small paint brush and coat the solution on the weeds leaf only.

Using it in areas you don’t plan on using to grow again. In places where you don’t want any living thing to grow again, such as vegetation in driveways, walkways and other areas, you’ll want to tackle them a little differently.Combine a gallon of white vinegar and two cups ordinary table salt in a large container – it needs to be bigger than one-gallon as you’ll need room to add the salt. Once combined, put the lid on tightly and shake until the salt has dissolved. Now add a teaspoon of liquid dish washing soap, mix it in, and then pour the solution into a sprayer. Apply it to weeds on a sunny, dry day in areas you don’t want to see that vegetation return in the future.

Sometimes weeds can get out of control is you are a busy professional or you have rental properties that are neglected by your tenants. This is usually when professional help is warranted and Lawn Care Lewisville is ready to help!  Call now for a free consultation and quote!

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