Spring is the time when the entire nature awakens. However, gardeners are very busy these days, as they have to prepare their lands for the new season.
In the fight against weeds, it is very important to make wise decisions when it comes to the weed killer used. It takes a lot of time to dig up weeds, but chemical sprays harm the environment, eventually leak into our water system, and endanger our health.
Commercial weed killers have numerous adverse effects, as they pollute the soil and groundwater, endanger the wellbeing of insects and wildlife, and even our pets and children.
Their use also irritates our eyes, skin, and airways. These herbicides often include glyphosate, which is allegedly linked to causing cancer.
According to Cynthia Curl, an environmental health scientist 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.”
Therefore, many suggest the use of DIY, natural weed killers. White distilled vinegar contains 3-5% acetic acid, which is a potent desiccant and removes moisture.
Vinegar-based weed killers draw out the moisture in order to dry the weeds out, and they are effective in the case of dandelions, chickweed, Canada thistle, Buckhorn plantain, crabgrass, amaranth, Quackgrass, bindweed, and Lambsquarters. Note that vinegar is not effective in the case of plants and weeds that have a waxy coating or some other natural barrier on them.
Vinegar lowers the pH of the soil, which is the main flaw of these weed killers since they might harm the healthy plants as well. However, to avoid it, you should use tarps to hide the healthy plants, and reapply the herbicide for stubborn weeds. Also, do not use this weed killer on windy or rainy days.
Here is how to make a DIY weed killer that will be much cheaper but as effective as commercial products. It will be free of toxins and harmful chemicals, and completely safe to use.
DIY All-Natural Weed Killer
- 1-gallon white vinegar (5% acetic acid)
- 2 cups Epsom salt
- ¼ cup natural dish soap
Pour the salt in a gallon-large container using a funnel, add vinegar, and stir well. Leave it aside for about an hour for the salt to dissolve.
Then, add the dish soap, shake well, and pour the weed killer into a spray bottle.
The dish soap is used to bind the active ingredients and their intended targets, while the acetic acid and salt dry out the leaves.
- Spray the weed killer on sunny days as the sun will accelerate the death of weeds
- Don’t spray the grass or other plants around the weeds
- You might need to spray more times for bigger weeds, or they may need up to 24 hours to die
Try this homemade weed killer and I bet you’ll have a pleasant gardening experience this spring!