DIY Grass & Weed Killer

I do not hide the fact that I despise Monsanto and pesticides/herbicides in general. I quit using Roundup before trying to get pregnant after reading countless articles and studies raising red flags about it’s effect on humans, hormones, and reproduction. There have been studies and reports out for years and years about possible negative effects (that’s me putting it nicely) and yet it is still in use. In 2005 (yes, 10 years ago), Environmental Health Perspectives published a study, concluding that Roundup may “be considered as a potential endocrine disruptor. Moreover, at higher doses still below the classical agricultural dilutions, its toxicity on placental cells could induce some reproduction problems”. No thank you.

path 1path 2Moving on, how do I kill weeds and unwanted grass without these toxic delights? With my hands–sure, to some extent. But I need something more than that sometimes. Natural options I found included using tarps to basically smother areas of unwanted vegetation (too hard), burning with a torch stick (to dangerous), or getting a goat (LOL).

I settled on a DIY grass & weed killer–a simple mixture of vinegar, salt, and dish soap. I really didn’t know if it would work or not, but it was cheap and easy to try. And it worked!!!!! So, I have been using it around a stone path I built by the garden beds. It was an impromptu pathway built with rock from the construction site next door, so I did not do it correctly–I should have put down a weed barrier first (I will eventually go back and fix this, ugh).

THE RECIPE: Weed & Grass Killergarden sprayer

1 gallon white vinegar
1 cup salt
1 Tbs dish soap

1. Pour all ingredients into a hand held garden sprayer. Shake to mix well, let it sit for a few minutes then shake again. You want the salt to dissolve beforespraying, otherwise you will clog up the nozzle. Yes, I know this from personal experience. Twice, because I’m stubborn. Heh.

2. Spray on areas you want to kill. Check back 24 hours later and you will see a lot of success. You may have to go over a few areas again if you didn’t get them covered well enough the first time.

 

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