Homemade Weed Killers
How to Make Homemade Weed Killers
Homemade weed killers are a cheap alternative to using store bought weed killers. Using homemade weedkillers is also safer for your family and pets.
You can make your own weed killers at home using everyday household items that you may have never known would work. Keep in mind that with any weed killer, these homemade weed killers will also kill grass and plants if it comes in contact with them. Be sure to apply them sunny days when the weather is calm.
Nearly every one of these weed killers are immediately safe for children and pets so there is no need to worry about harmful chemicals.
Lemon Juice As An Easy Homemade Weed Killer
When Life Gives You Lemons... Make a Weed Killer
Lemon juice can also be used as a homemade weed killer. Using store bought lemon juice or juice from fresh squeezed lemons, apply to weeds as needed. Lemon juice can be expensive but works well if you have old lemons or lemon juice about to expire. Use lemon juice at full strength.
Salt as a Natural Weed Killer
Kill Weeds Using Salt
Salt is another 'homemade' weed killer. It can be applied using 1 part salt to 2 parts water or sprinkled directly on the plant. Keep in mind that high salt content can damage soil and should not be used around plants, trees or shrubs that you want to keep. It is best used around driveways, sidewalks, buildings and cracks. Image Source
Vinegar as a Homemade Weed Killer
Kill Weeds Using Vinegar
Vinegar is a homemade weed killer that is used for killing grass and weeds. It even kills dandelions! Spray solution directly on the weeds using a solution that is half water and half vinegar. Use spray bottle to apply the solution until they are covered thoroughly. Allow the weeds to dry and within a day or so you should notice the weeds dying off.
Some caution should be used when using vinegar as a homemade weed killer. Household vinegar contains 5% acid and pickling vinegar contains 9%. Such high acid rates can not only kill plants but also destroy beneficial organisms in the soil so avoid spraying the soil. Do not plant anything near the area anytime soon. < a href= "http://mail.colonial.net/~hkaiter/salt_universe.htm">Image Source
Rubbing Alcohol Dries Up Weeds
Rubbing Alcohol Used as a Weed Killer
Another easy, inexpensive, homemade weed killer is rubbing alcohol. Using a spray bottle apply rubbing alcohol to weeds and unwanted vegetation to kill them quickly and easily.
Organic Weed Killers
Bleach as a Homemade Weed Killer?
Bleach Not Only Cleans Your Home But Also Your Flowerbeds
Yes, bleach can be used as a homemade weed killer and can be used on areas that will be planted in just a few days. Since bleach is evaporated by the sun the soil is safe for planting in a few days. Another advantage to using bleach is that if you get it on your plants you can quickly rinse it off without damaging the plant or the soil. Image Source
Kill Weeds with Boiling Water
Scald Weeds With Boiling Water
I'm not sure that boiling water is considered homemade but it can kill weeds. If you think a hot summer day can parch a plant you should see how fast boiling water can kill a weed…and any other vegetation as well. Just remember that anytime you are using hot water be sure to use caution so that you don't get burned. Use a safe kettle, pot or metal watering can. Do not use a plastic watering can as it can melt causing you to get burned. Image Source
Corn Gluten Meal as a Natural Weed and Feed
Weed and Feed with Corn Gluten mean
Corn Gluten Meal can be found at local feed and grain stores and work well as a natural weed killer. It doesn't actually kill weeds that are already growing but will kill weed seeds and prevent them from growing. It's the most natural weed pre-emergent you can buy.
Broadcast corn gluten meal during early spring, though out your garden and flower beds and anywhere else you want to prevent new weeds from popping up. It can be used during the growing season periodically to prevent new weeds from sprouting.
DO NOT broadcast corn gluten meal over a freshly planted garden or flowerbed that has been planted with seeds. Bulbs and other root plants are safe but and can be scattered with the corn gluten meal. Onions and some bulbs actually benefit from the nutrients found in the gluten meal.