7 DIY Ways to Control, Kill Weeds in Your Yard

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Joe Garza

Subject: Thanks cause I hate round-up

I hate using round up around the house except for poison ivy cause I don't want to get anywhere near it. We have had plants affected by drift from round up by neighbors. The rest of the yard we prefer your tips even though it is more work. The less chemicals we put into the ground the happier the yard is to us.

Jacqueline McCall

Subject: Salt for Weeds

Salt is bad for the environment. It leaches through the soil and into the groundwater supply. Groundwater is used for drinking water and agriculture. Too much salt makes the water taste undesirable and limits plant growth, so while it may kill weeds, overall it isn't environmentally friendly.

Tom Lambrecht

Subject: Weed control

All above is BS Use roundup extended control and forget all the above!
Yes it is a chemical.
If DDT were used in Brazil along with fertilizer then the land would last longer and continued destruction of more and more Rain Forrest would be drastically slowed. Sometimes environmentalist are very short sighted and do not consider the long term effects of their recommendations.

Vinegar - SALT-Soap- Boiling water Sounds like a lot of work for very
little long term effect!


Subject: All Natural Weed Killer

1 gallon white vinegar
2 cups epsom salts
1/4 cup original Dawn blue dishwashing liquid

Apply via sprayer in the morning after dew has burned off

D Thomas

Subject: Grass clippings for mulch

Grass clippings actually don't make very good mulch, in my opinion. They clump together and form a crust that water doesn't penetrate. I suggest pine needles: we use them because they are plentiful, and the rainwater can get through them to soak into the soil.

Manure as mulch? I've never heard of that. Not sure I want to try it.

Joy Warriner

Subject: not all vinegar is the same strength

If using vinegar, you need to purchase the PICKLING vinegar with 9% acidity. Use straight vinegar with liquid dish soap added. Spray only on the weed, avoid getting drift on surrounding plants.
It is best if you spray in the late morning so the hot mid-day sun will hit the plant after the vinegar has been sprayed on.
Many weeds have a waxy surface on the leaves, or have little hairs on the leaf surface to keep the vinegar sitting above the flesh of the leaf. The soap will allow the vinegar to adhere better to the actual leaf's surface.

Oh, and if it is a stubborn weed, you may have to do a 2nd application because the vinegar kills the plant parts above the ground.


Subject: Thistle

At the first sign of it growing in the garden it must be dealt with otherwise it will take over and be impossible to root out from under plants. I isolate the culprit by putting a plastic pot that the bottom was cut out, then spray the hell out of it with Roundup. The plastic pot keeps the Roundup off of surrounding plants. Two weeks later I do the same thing. Their stoleniferous roots go deep, run horizontally to the soil surface and continually sendup new shoots. Only vigilance will work. Don't give up.


Subject: salt for weeds

Salt's a bad idea overall for many reasons.
We've had good luck using white vinegar with a few drops of dish soap added. Inexpensive and effective for targeted areas.

Mary Parcheta

Subject: Buckthorn

Any good ideas on removing buckthorn. It is such an obnixious week takes over. Hard to stay ahead of it.

Dave Shelton

Subject: Buckthorn

You can only cut them down (and burn them if you can). The berries are prolific so watch for them to take seed. If you chip the buckthorn, have it hauled away. Do not try to use it for mulch as it will germante a whole new crop. (Experience talking here). Immediately after cutting, apply a strong stump killer like Bonide Stump & Vine Killer. Dont waste your time and money on conventional herbacides.

steve hubbard

Subject: salt for weeds

another thing to consider when using salt to kill weeds is the fact that salt erodes metal. Your sprayer wand (if made of metal), will be destroyed.

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On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

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