Do you want to get rid of those pesky and annoying weeds from your garden?
Weeds are undoubtedly the bane of many people’s garden. 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.
Chemical herbicides contain substances that can eliminate unwanted weeds to the root by either inhibiting the growth of the weed or breaking down chlorophyll ( essentials for photosynthesis) causing the weeds to die. But they can be harmful for the environment.
One can also achieve good results by applying natural weed killers which can either be bought or easily made at home.
Homemade Weed Killers
Today we will be sharing with you our top 3 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.
This herbicide will not kill the weeds to the root so you have to remove them manually. Moreover, you will need a spraying bottle to spray this herbicide.
In concussion, we believe it’s a great homemade weed killer that will do the job of eliminating weeds because not only is it easy to make but is also very efficient.
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 second homemade weed killer only uses newspapers.
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
The fourth 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 don’t kill weeds but do 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)