Conventional weed killers contain toxins and contaminate the ground water. They can also harm children and pets. Some weed killers are even considered to be linked to health issues That’s why making your own non-toxic weed killer is so important.
This Non-Toxic Weed Killer Is Really Easy To Make
This weed killer is toxic to plant life, but is safe to use around pets and children. The ingredients won’t harm the ground water and can be used safely.
This weed killer is very effective, but does not discriminate against one form of plant over another. It will kill all plant life and may leave the soil ph levels changed that unless you really put the work in to treat it. Large amounts of this weed killer can harm your soil, although small amount won’t harm anything but the plants.
To Make This Non-Toxic Weed Killer, You’ll Need:
- Manual Pump with Spray
- 1 Gallon of White Distilled Vinegar
- 1/2 cup Epsom Salt
- 1 Tablespoon of Dawn Dish Soap
How Put It Together
Simply mix all three ingredients together completely. Make sure that the epsom salt has become completely dissolved into the vinegar and the dish soap is also completely mixed.
Then spray the affected areas. The vinegar and the salt will kill the plants. The dawn dish soap will coat all the plants and prevent everything from washing away immediately.
Recommendations on Use
Make sure to spray liberally and on a day where you don’t have any rain in the forecast. The vinegar needs to go down to the roots to kill the plant.
If you do not spray liberally enough, the vinegar will burn the plants or weeds but will not actually kill it. The vinegar is the substance that kills the plant.
The salt seeps into the soil and prevents the soil from allowing anything else to grow. If you have a bare piece of dirt with no weeds, but you don’t want weeds to grow, you can actually just spread salt on the patch of dirt. This will change the PH of the plant and nothing will grow there, at least not very well.
The process takes up to about a week, but will kill all of the plants or weeds you spray. If something didn’t die, you probably didn’t spray liberally enough.
If it rains right after you spray, you may need to spray again. Once you spray though, it should last a long while, as the salt makes the soil uninhabitable for plant life.
The before and after below shows about 4 days after I sprayed. As you can see, most of the weeds are dead or dying. After a week, I will probably spray once more for good measure.
Anything with deeper roots may take more than one treatment, but this non-toxic weed killer is safe, cheap and easy to do! I encourage you to make this at home and try it out. Please feel free to let me know how it worked for you!
Choosing to make your own weed killer is a healthier option for your home, family and the environment. Remember, not only is this stuff safe around your kids and pets, it also won’t poison your rain water as it seeps into the soil.
Want more gardening tips? Check out this great guide to Planning a Spring Vegetable Garden. You may also want to read about these 9 Flowers You Should Plant In Your Vegetable Garden.
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