One thing about our new house that was not maintained well at all was the lawn! We inherited a ton of weeds and overgrown plants and dead or dying grass. This was something that we overlooked when seeing the house, because well, we toured the house in the Winter (with snow covered on the ground). Oops! But it doesn’t really matter that much to us anyway, because we figure we live inside the house, and we could always spruce up the lawn over time.
So one thing that always bothered me was how the weeds would find a way to grow in between the paver patios in the backyard. In a sense, it made the space feel kinda cozy, but mostly it just felt like a neglected, poorly kept space. So I set out to kill any weeds, grasses or plants that managed to find their way into that area.
As usual, I try to avoid store-bought commercial chemicals. My kids are always in the backyard, and they love to explore. I can’t guarantee that one day, if they drop their cracker on the patio, and my head is turned away for that moment, that they won’t then take that cracker and put it in their mouth. For this reason, I prefer all-natural products inside and around our home. I have found a natural Weed Killer that works fabulously well!
DIY Weed Killer
2 cups vinegar
1/2 cup salt
a few drops of liquid soap
This is such a simple recipe. Simply throw all these ingredients into a spray bottle. You can add a little water (about 1 cup) to dilute it and it will still work. The soap component helps to keep the solution staying on the leaves. The vinegar and salt work to dry out the leaves and kill the roots. Keep in mind that you shouldn’t spray this on any areas, where you will want growth in the future. Spray this only in areas where you will never want plants to grow again, such as walkways, patios, decks, etc. This works best when you apply it on a hot, Sunny day!
Check out what this DIY Weed Killer did to the weeds? I was pretty impressed!
And see what this walkway looked like before & after treatment!! All I did was spray the walkway and then pull out the wilted, dead plants!
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