05 Jun

DIY Weed Killer

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If you look out at your yard and notice weeds taking up residence and overcrowding the vegetation you want, weed control is your next logical step. You could spend hours pulling weeds and wearing several layers of leather gloves to protect your hands from thistles or you could go to the store drop a lot of money on herbicides. If neither of those options appeals to you, you could always make your own weed killer using everyday products found inside of your home. That’s right; you can kill weeds without expensive herbicides.

  • Water: When you read the word water you will instinctively think of something that benefits plants. Plants need water to grow. However, if you increase the temperature and bring that wonderful water up to its boiling point, you have an effective weed elimination product. Time to fire up the tea kettle. Pour the boiling water on any unwanted plant and you will kill it. Be cautious though, if you accidently pour your boiling weed killer on a plant you want to keep, you will kill it too.
  • Rubbing Alcohol: You have used it to sterilize wounds and seen it used to clean surgical implements, yet it can also be used to kill weeds. Straight rubbing alcohol (Isopropyl) will draw water out of the leaves of plants and dry them out. You can mix 2 tablespoons of alcohol for every two cups of water, put it in a spray bottle and you are equipped to kill weeds. Make certain to avoid your desirable plants because it will kill them just as quick as your boiling water weapon. Some weeds are more resistant to drying than others. If the weed has waxy leaf, you may need to increase the amount of alcohol. If you do not have rubbing alcohol, vodka will work in its place.
  • Cardboard and Newspaper: The boxes containing your purchases from amazon and the newspaper you read can be effective at killing weeds in a large area. If you have a spot in your yard that is a forest of weeds, it is time to put your boxes and paper to good use. If you want to use cardboard, break down the boxes into sheets and then lay them or your newspaper down over your treatment area. If you use newspaper you are going to want thick layers of up to 15 sheets. For cardboard use two to three layers. Once you have spread your paper defense, wet it down and you are on your way to large scale weed elimination.
  • Bleach: You have used bleach to clean your socks, take it outside and you can clean up your yard. Target the weeds that are causing you problems and spray them down with bleach in a spray bottle and let the cleaning begin. If you accidently spray a plant you like, wash it off with water and you are back in business.

When you have a weed problem, you don’t need expensive herbicides. Let your household products work for you and start killing those weeds.

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