Many people rely on chemicals to blast out weeds, but little do they know they have lots of downsides. Chemical weed-killers do not only damage your soil but also, they kill your waterways. How? They settle into the soil and work their way down to the natural groundwater level, where they get into household and commercial wells directly, and eventually end up in streams and ponds. On top of that, chemical weed-killers are harmful for plants, animals and humans.
If you want to get rid of those uninvited pesky weeds popping up in your lawn or garden, there are plenty of ways to kill them without all the harsh of chemicals. Just follow these eight eco-friendly remedies:
1. Pull them up by hands.
The most environmental-friendly way to eliminate weeds is by using your bare hands. Put on your pair of gardening gloves, get on your knees, and pull them up! Make sure you get the roots so the weeds won’t grow back.
2. Cover them with newspaper.
A carpet of newspaper will block sunlight and oxygen from reaching the soil, which eventually will stifle weeds already sprouted in your yard and prevent new ones from growing. Throw down newspaper in layers, wet to hold it down, and cover with an inch or two of mulch.
3. Pour them with boiling water.
Boiling water can burn the leaves and upper roots of any plant. Without leaves to absorb nutrients from the sun or a strong root system, the weeds die. Grab a pan and boil some tap water in it. A splash of scalding water will wither even the toughest weeds.
4. Spray vinegar to the weed leaves.
Vinegar is an acetic acid, which is effective at killing some weed species. The acid breaks down quickly in the soil and hinders the growth of weeds. By spraying vinegar to weed leaves, they’ll die off. Use vinegar that contains at least 5 percent of acetic acid.
5. Use baking soda.
Baking soda will kill any weeds and discourage new ones from growing back. Baking soda is pure sodium bicarbonate, which is deadly to weeds. Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda over the weeds and let its magic work. Be sure not to let it get on the grass or other plants.
6. Sprinkle salt to your garden paths.
Sodium chloride or common table salt is an effective herbicide. Sprinkle it on your garden paths to fight weeds. Salt also makes a good weed barrier along lawn edgings, but make sure you apply it carefully. Salt can prevent everything from growing. Do not apply it near plants you don’t want to kill.
7. Apply vodka.
Vodka will break down the waxy surface of the weeds, making them more vulnerable to the sun. Mix three parts water and one part vodka. Apply the mixture liberally to the weeds until they’re completely coated. Just don’t overspray or you may damage surrounding plants.
8. Spray liquid soap.
Liquid soap breaks down the surface of the weed, making it vulnerable to the sun. Also, soap is made from oil, which can destroy weeds on its own. Take 5 tablespoons of liquid soap and mix it in one quart of water. A coat of soapy water on a hot day is nearly certain death for a weed.