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Taking Weeds Without Chemicals

Got weeds? Who doesn’t, right? And we all know how hardy and prolific they can be, no matter how much work you do to keep them at bay. For years we’ve turned to easy chemical solutions to free our gardens of these pesky intruders, but with the current (and smart) push to stay away from dangerous chemicals, there are a plethora of organic products lining the shelves of home improvement stores so you can make those weeds disappear without the risk of harming people and animals, or the plants you want to keep.

Even better, you might be surprised to know that you probably have some things at your disposal already to do the trick:

Vinegar: That’s right, good old vinegar. Just pour it over weeds and they should shrivel up in a few days, but be sure to use a pretty good amount of it on them. To save money, you can use leftover pickling juice, as well.

Boiling hot water: Just as hot water scalds our skin, it is also effective in scalding unwanted weeds. Douse them with it, and even tougher weeds with taproots won’t be able to survive.

Salt: You’ve got to be careful where you sprinkle it, but salt will definitely get rid of weeds because it basically burns plants if it’s concentrated enough. This is why you need to be careful about how much you use and where you place it, because it can create bare spots in your lawn or flower beds that are difficult to repair. It can also eat away at concrete and metal.

Newspaper or cardboard boxes: We all know plants need sunlight to live, so covering them with piles of newspaper, boxes, or even thick piles of leaves or mulch will eventually kill weeds. However, make sure you’re not covering up grass or plants you want to keep.

Muscles: It’s not fun, but if you’re in a hurry to get rid of weeds, old-fashioned pulling them is always an option. Hints: For dandelions and other weeds with a long taproot, you MUST get the entire taproot out, or you’ll be pulling up new growth again very soon. Also, get weeds when they’re smaller and just sprouting. The longer you wait, the deeper the roots go, and if it’s a flowering weed, you don’t want it to get mature enough to go to seed.

Happy weeding!

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