Make your own homemade weed killer – no poisons and no weeds! It’s easy to do, let me show you how!
As most of you know, we recently purchased our “forever home” where we are starting our own little farm and living life post-army. While this house is perfect for us, it isn’t exactly perfect. The yard was a bit neglected. Flowerbeds over-run with weeds, as well as the drive way, sidewalk and car area. Because I’m kind of big on doing things “green” (mainly for health reasons) I wasn’t keen on spraying a bunch of terrible poisons around my home. In a few months, I’ll have chickens running around here, and I would never want to expose them – or anyone else for that matter – to terrible chemicals.
Now the flower bed, of course I’ll have to weed by hand, because I plan on planting things in there. But the rest? Homemade weed killer to the rescue!
Making weed killer at home is very easy. It takes just a few minutes to mix up, and then all you need is a sprayer (like this one) and you can go about murdering weeds til your heart’s content.
Here’s what you need:
- 1 gallon white vinegar
- 1 cup epsom salt (found in the health & first aid section of your store)
- 1/4 cup blue Dawn dish soap (this one seems to work best for some reason)
- garden sprayer
Combine all of the ingredients in the jug of your sprayer, or you can do it right in the jug for the vinegar. Close it up and give it a shake. You’ll want to give it a few minutes for the salt to dissolve. Once it has, it’s ready!
- But here’s what you need to know about the how & when of using this: You want to spray the weeds in the morning, after the dew has evaporated. You also want to do this on a sunny day where it isn’t going to rain. The rain will of course wash away what you sprayed and will defeat the purpose.
As you can see here, these are the weeds along my drive, before I sprayed them. They were out of control.
I sprayed the weeds, and a couple hours later…
To show you the difference, here are un-sprayed weeds in the foreground, and sprayed weeds behind those. This stuff works!
Now because you aren’t using nasty chemicals from a lab, this isn’t going to turn your driveway or sidewalk into a barren wasteland. The weeds will grow back after time, and you will need to repeat the process a few times each summer. Not that big of a deal of you are wanting to kill weeds without spraying your environment with poisons. It’s a very reasonable trade-off in my book.