Got Weeds? Who DOESN’T this time of year!?!? I am growing an especially fine crop of them in the cracks of my backyard patio! So I decided it was time to take action and bring out my big bottle of HERBICIDE! (Better known as the jug of vinegar under my sink!!) Yep…that cheap, undiluted, store-brand white vinegar that you buy at the grocery store for less than $3 a gallon is a POWERFUL all-natural herbicide. (So be careful not to accidentally splash it on plants you want to keep around!)
I actually read on a couple of different websites that if you add a teaspoon of dish soap it helps the solution to “cling” to the foliage better, so I decided to add that too. THEN I went outside and took aim at all the nasty weeds that were invading my backyard paradise. :-)
Take a look at this bugger! I really DESPISE dandelions!
This was Mr. Dandelion first thing this morning. NOTE: vinegar works best when the evil weeds are nice and dry and the sun is out. Make your application on a warm, sunny, calm (not windy) day. Don’t use on a cool, cloudy or wet day.
And this was Mr. Dandelion after a nice blast of my “special” weed terminator…and several hours in the sun. muwahahahahahahahaha! (my best attempt at typing out my “evil laugh”)
Need MORE proof? Here are some more victims of my early morning killing spree.
Those are some DEAD weeds! Just the way I like them.
If you’re like me and like to know WHY something works…here’s a little gardening lesson: The acetic acid in the vinegar does two things: it burns the weed on contact and it lowers the pH of the soil (at least temporarily), making it hard for the weed to make a comeback. Double-whammy!
The benefits I think are self-explanatory…but just for fun…I’ll spell a few of them out for you.
- It’s cheap.
- It’s non-toxic.
- It’s fast-acting.
- It’s easy-to-use.
To be honest, by the end of my “weed-killing spree” I was just pouring it straight out of the bottle onto the weeds in the patio cracks. I probably wouldn’t recommend that if you were pouring near plants that you didn’t WANT dead….but for sidewalk cracks, it worked just dandy!
And just so you know….SOME weeds are more persistent than others, and may need to be treated more than once, but so far a one-time application has been all I’ve needed to get rid of even the most NOXIOUS weeds! (Yeah…I’m talkin to YOU Mr. Dandelion!)
I leave you today with a couple more beauty shots of my deader-than-dead weeds. They truly are exquisite aren’t they? :-)