Do you want to get rid of those pesky and annoying weeds from your garden?
Forget about expensive weed killers that you have to buy at the store. If you are looking for a fast and effective homemade weed killer, then this is the blog post for you! We will share with you how to make your own homemade pre-emergent based on ingredients found in your kitchen.
Weeds are undoubtedly the bane of many people’s gardens. They take up all the nutrients and space of surrounding plants causing them to die. To get rid of these pesky plants you need to use a herbicide either chemical or natural.
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Natural Ways to Kill Weeds
A very effective method of weed control. It is also not harmful to your plants, unlike the chemical herbicide which can cause them to harm if applied directly on top of them. Make sure you mulch early in spring before weeds begin sprouting up.
Mulching for Weed Management:
Apply a three-inch (minimum) layer of organic mulch such as bark, wood chips, or straw to the soil surface. Make sure you do not add any extra compost at this time because it will encourage weed growth.
Keep in mind that weeds need sunlight to grow and adding mulches like grass clippings on top of the ground, will block the sunlight from reaching weed seeds.
When you are dealing with deep-rooted weeds like dandelions or quack grass then make sure that you add a good two to three inches of mulch in order to kill them. Otherwise, they may come back when conditions favor their growth over your plants.
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It is a very effective method of weed control when done properly. This will help you to remove the weeds from your garden without using any chemicals in it. The best time for hand weeding is in summer just before a rainfall event, which would wash the soil off and expose more young weeds that can be removed easily with minimum effort.
It is a process that uses flames produced from an ignition source to destroy weeds. A propane torch or gas stove can be used for this method of weed control. To do this properly, you need to get the plants burning by holding the flame close enough until they begin to curl up and then retreat back quickly before it gets too hot.
Green Gobbler Vinegar Weed Killer
Green Gobbler is an organic vinegar weed killer that kills both weeds and grasses, but won’t harm the environment. It has a built-in surfactant system that allows it to penetrate deep into cracks of driveways or sidewalk concrete where most other herbicides fail! Green Gobbler works great on bare soil as well for eliminating crabs, moss, and other weeds. When used as directed it will not harm grasses or landscaping shrubs/plants. Green Gobbler also works great on all types of foliage like trees & bushes where broadleaf herbicides fail!
Green Gobbler is safe to use around children and pets once dried because it has no residual toxicity.
Homemade Weed killers
There are many homemade weed killers that you can use in your garden to kill weeds or prevent their growth. You can choose from the following ingredients depending on what works best for you and is readily available at home.
Best Homemade Weed Killer Recipes
Top 6 homemade natural weed killers made with ingredients that are easily available around your house.
The first and most effective method is to use a vinegar-based weed killer.
Vinegar is a very effective ingredient that can be used as a herbicide, it kills weeds within 24 hours of application. The magic is done by the acetic acid found in vinegar, the acetic acid works by removing water from the weeds causing them to dehydrate and eventually die. The higher the percentage of the acetic acid in the vinegar the better. Vinegar is non-selective so make sure you only spray it on the weeds or unwanted plants.
Vinegar alone can do the job but other ingredients such as salt and soap make the weed killer more effective.
Salt also works by dehydrating the weed. You can use it by diluting it with water, but it will work by itself as well. For smaller plants, you will need smaller quantities but for larger weeds, you will need larger quantities. You will start seeing visible results within 10 days of application.
The dish soap acts as a binding ingredient, it makes the vinegar and salt help stick to the weed by breaking down the outer layer of the weed known as the cuticle which can be found on the leaves of the weeds.
Depending upon the size of the land you need to cover, you increase or decrease the number of ingredients used. For this homemade weed killer, you will be needing a gallon of vinegar, a cup of salt, and a teaspoon of dish soap.
The newspaper will kill the weeds by blocking out the sun which will prevent the weeds from doing photosynthesis, it will also prevent the seeds from dispersing since the air will be blocked out. Additionally, you will not need to remove the newspaper, it will decompose by itself.
This method of killing weeds works by destroying new viable seeds from sprouting and post-emergent weeds from growing. To get rid of actively growing weed you first will need to cut them down with weed cutters such as a weed wackier and then put the newspaper on top of that weed and then add soil or mulch on top of that.
Using lemon juice is an efficient way of killing weeds because it contains high amounts of citric acid. Citric acid works by burning down the foliage of the weeds. Citric acid is a non-selective, contact herbicide, so apply it only on the unwanted plants.
Boiling Water with Salt
This homemade weed killer is not only really easy to use but also very effective.
Ingredients you will be needing are boiling water and salt.
As mentioned above salt is a desiccant ingredient perfect for killing weeds. Add it into boiling water and you have just created one of the most effective homemade weed killers.
This type of weed killer is more suitable for actively growing weeds on sidewalks and driveways. Cold and warm water doesn’t kill weeds but does the opposite, they benefit them, however, boiling water straight up kills the weed. It eradicates them by breaking down the structure of the cells. This type of homemade herbicide will work great for not only annual but perennial weeds as well. Instead of salt, you can also use vinegar which will do a similar job.
Baking soda works great herbicide for post-emergent weeds that are actively growing. It works by drawing out moisture from the weed causing it to dry up and weaken and eventually die. For eliminating weeds, first, spray water over the area to moisten the weed then sprinkle the baking soda over the entire weak especially the leaves.
However, keep in mind that baking soda will only affect the part of the weed that’s above the ground, not the roots. Before applying this herbicide make sure the weather isn’t going to be windy or rainy. Apply the baking soda only on the undesired plants. If you are not seeing much results then really the baking soda onto the weeds.
To make this herbicide more effective just mix baking soda with vinegar (1 part baking soda, two parts vinegar)
James, the D.I.Y Expert, graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture from Colorado State University. Love writing blog posts and guides to help others learn how to garden!