British gardeners may consider these seven chemical-free homemade weed killers alternatives to maintain weed control this spring and summer season. You spent hours to finish some pruning and preening, so weeds like white clover and dandelions are at bay.
That is why garden experts revealed these accessible and homemade weed killers to spare you more time to rest.
List of the Chemical-Free Homemade Weed Killers:
These homemade weed killers are found in your pantry, e.g. vinegar, salt, and baking soda. These food ingredients contain properties which dehydrate, weaken, and eventually kill the burdensome plants.
After knowing everything about this list, garden lovers will be able to enjoy their weed-free and healthy lawns and driveways for a longer time.
Additionally, using these products will not just save your expense in buying commercial products but also from using chemical sprays.
By the way, products that are high in acidic values are generally effective in breaking down the soil structure and in killing some beneficial microorganisms.
Vinegar can be a strong weeds repellent, but it can also destroy your soil if you do not use it properly. Because it is non-selective, vinegar can ruin everything it touches. Although a strong one, it will not work on rooted perennials and can only execute the visible parts of the tall weeds.
It is significantly effective on small weeds, but doing so can make your soil arid. Therefore, it is recommended to use it on block paving and gravel driveways. You may put some in a sprayer and mist it on some leaves and stems of weeds.
Salt has been proven to be useful as herbicide and pesticide for how many years. Mix and dissolve a three parts salt with one part water for 10 minutes. After that, you can now spray the solution on the desired weeds.
However, do not use it on lawns because it can cause the soil to be infertile for future growth.
3. Boiling Water
Boiling water can also destroy some weeds but make sure to keep it close as possible to the weeds when pouring.
4. Baking Soda
The ideal condition to apply baking soda is when the weeds are actively growing usually during spring or fall. You may put one teaspoon of baking soda on weeds which grow near the healthy plants and grass.
Remember to scatter it evenly on top of the leaves and not just in the centre. You may pour a little amount of water after one week of application if it has not yet rained. As a result, the baking soda will be set on the root area of the weeds to do its effect.
Enough thick layer of mulch can be useful in two ways. Firstly, by totally covering the soil you can despoil the light that the weed seeds need to sprout; and even from gaining a grip of the soil in the first place.
Secondly, weed seed germinates from bare dirt. So, by covering all the bare land with mulch, you can stop weeds from coming out of the soil at all. You can get rid of weeds by layering mulch with some old newspapers or cardboard.
Cornmeal gluten is considered as an organic herbicide. It is necessary to remember that cornmeal gluten is effective against weed seeds and not anymore on mature and fully grown weeds.
Plain cornmeal will do no good with annual growing weeds. So, scatter some cornmeal over the soil to prevent weeds from germinating.
7. Rubbing Alcohol
Mixing rubber alcohol with water can help in killing weeds in your garden. This solution can dehydrate any weed and also against spider mites, aphids, and scale. The alcohol will eliminate the moisture that weeds need to live.
On the other hand, this requires some experimentation and observation to find its effectiveness. You may spray a little amount on a leaf to check its burning power of your mixture.
However, you may try adding two tablespoons of alcohol in a litre of water and put it on a spray bottle.