Home gardeners are kept busy in the season of spring. There are so many chores including edging the beds, raking the matted leaves, inspection of plant damage, removal of wraps laid out for winter protection, fertilizing the trees and plants, trimming the flower shrubs, as well as pulling out the weeds. Maintenance stage begins soon after the seeds for produce or flowers are selected and planted. This includes watering, harvesting and weeding. Weeding is an endless battle to fight throughout. So selecting a weeding weapon should be done in an appropriate manner.
Home-grown produce is free of hormones and chemicals depending on the weed killer used with.
Contamination of water occurs if strong chemical fungicides, herbicides and pesticides are used. Other than the pollution of groundwater caused by these chemical weedicides, they affect on the garden insects, pollinators and other wildlife surrounding them. This type of activity can be disastrous to pets as well as children along with irritation of skin, airways and eyes. Glyphosate, the common ingredient found in these herbicides is reportedly linked as a cause of cancer.
According to Cynthia Curl, an environmental health scientist, who works at Boise State University in Idaho, “Many assumptions have been made about the safety of glyphosate that are now being actively questioned. We will see an explosion of information about glyphosate, and it’s about time. We’re really playing catch-up on this one.”
The Usage Of A Natural Vinegar-Based Weed Killer
Weed killers based on vinegar operate by the absorption of moisture and making the weeds dry. This natural weed killer can be effective in killing weeds such as:
- Canada thistle
- Buckhorn plantain
- Pigweed (amaranth)
- Bindweed (perennial morning glory)
Since this vinegar based weed killer lowers the pH level of the soil, the healthy plants too can be affected. So there are major disadvantages in such natural weed killers of this kind. But by practising the following tips we can get rid of the destruction caused to the interested flowers and vegetation.
- Using tarps for hiding the desired plants.
- Not using the natural weed killer in the rain or wind.
- Repetition of the application of weed killer to stop the growth of strong weed.
- Homemade weed killers are different from one another. Therefore they should be tested for different occasions of usage for better results.
The ingredients used to prepare DIY weed killer are cheap and easy to find from the pantry itself. Otherwise it costs only about three dollars for preparation but less expensive than the weed killer bought from the shop. Despite that, this weed killer is absolutely toxin-free and therefore no need to worry about the children and pets hanging around and inhaling any kind of harmful chemicals.
How to prepare DIY All-Natural Weed Killer?
- ¼ cup natural dish soap*
- 2 cups Epsom salt (can be replaced by regular salt)
- 1-gallon white vinegar (5% acetic acid)
- First make a gallon large container as well as a spray bottle to spray the weed killer.
- Once made, pour the salt you prepared into the container.
- Then add vinegar into the same container and mix it well with salt. Remain for 1 hour to let it get dissolved.
- Then add the dish soap and mix until these ingredients are mixed. Next, pour the mixture into the spray bottle.
A Note On Dish Soap*
Dish soap is often found in DIY weed killers of this nature. Even though it has nothing to do with weed killing, it is the binding agent of the formula which joins all the active ingredients towards the desired results. Salt and Acetic acid in the soap acts in drying out the leaves, which in turn stops the food production of the leaves and causing the death of the weeds.
Dawn is a dish soap usually used in the production of this recipe. But if you are interested in the preparation of a more eco-friendly product, it is good to use ECOS or the Seventh Generation which is natural and unscented. As the Environmental Working Group (EWG) says, most of the soap products of DAWN do not satisfy the eco-friendly level. More plant healthy dish soaps can be checked in this list here.
Some More Tips:
- Complete killing of the weeds requires up to 24 hours and the bigger weeds require more spraying than the smaller ones.
- Be careful not to spray on the grass and plants around because the weed killer is able to kill them too.
- It is best to use this weed killer on sunny days as the sun quickens the killing of the weeds after spraying.
There’s no need to go hunting toxic chemicals to get a weedless garden. This inexpensive weed killer is of superb effectiveness. Why don’t you try it out!
Greetings for a better springtime!