How to Kill Weeds Naturally with Common Household Items

How to Kill Weeds Naturally with Common Household Items

Not a fan of using a lot of chemicals on your lawn? You can skip the trip to the garden center and use common ingredients found at home to kill weeds. Making your own natural homemade herbicides is inexpensive, efficient, and safer for humans, animals, and the environment.

What You’ll Need to Kill Weeds Naturally

Using certain non-toxic ingredients eliminates weeds as effectively as some of the chemical products on the market. It’s time to raid your pantry. Try using these items below to wage a war on weeds.

  • Boiling water
  • Salt
  • Vinegar
  • Dish soap
  • Spray bottle or garden sprayer
  • Empty 2-liter plastic soda bottle

A Simple Solution: Water

Yes, that’s right, water can kill weeds. There is, however, one more step involved. It has to be boiling. If you’re making pasta, a cup of tea, or boiling potatoes, you are already halfway there. Carefully carry a big pot or kettle of boiling water from your stove and pour it on the offending weeds.

Well-Seasoned Weeds

Table salt or rock salt works well for eliminating unwanted plants, too. Use the ratio of three parts water to one part salt and let it dissolve to create a saline solution. Better yet, use boiling water. If this solution proves to be too weak, add more salt until you get the desired results. Salt is best used on areas where you wish to completely eradicate growth.

Vinegar

White distilled vinegar and apple cider vinegar help to destroy unwanted plants. Mix one part vinegar with four parts water in a large spray bottle and apply only to the weeds you wish to kill. You may have to reapply more than once.

If you want to avoid getting this solution on plants and grass that you want to keep, a plastic soda bottle can help. Cut the two-liter bottle in half and keep the top half. Place this dome-like structure over the weed you wish to destroy. Then take the spray bottle’s nozzle and point it directly in the top opening. This focuses the solution only on that spot.

Clean Them

Dish soap is a popular ally in the war on weeds. While vinegar is good for targeting young weeds, it sometimes needs help with older ones, and especially ones with waxier leaves. That’s when dish soap comes into play. Add a few drops of soap to any of the above ingredients and those solutions will stick better to the foliage.

For the ultimate weed killing formula, try using some of these ingredients together. Fill a garden sprayer with a mix of water, vinegar, salt, and dish soap for a solution that packs a powerful punch!

We Can Help You Ward off Weeds

Keep in mind that the solutions above can kill off plants and grass you wish to keep, so apply with care, or call in an expert. Contact Free Spray Lawn Care at [phone] and we’ll provide you with a year-round maintenance program to prevent weeds.

7 Tips for Winterizing Your Lawn

7 Tips for Winterizing Your Lawn

How you care for your lawn before and during the winter months makes a difference in how healthy the grass will be from spring to summer. Here are seven tips for winterizing your lawn to ensure it’s at its best when the weather warms.

Continue to Mow

No one wants to hear it, but this task needs to continue until the grass stops growing. Not only does it look neater when it’s trimmed regularly, but it makes raking leaves easier. Mow it shorter before the first snow. This helps it hold up better under the weight of snow and ice.

Keep the Critters Away

Mowing your lawn shorter before the snow arrives also makes your lawn less inviting to rodents and other creatures. Burrowing animals looking for warmth make winter nests in taller grasses. When the snow melts away in the spring, these areas show significant damage.

Fertilize

Feed your lawn in late fall or early winter if you have cool season grasses like Kentucky bluegrass and ryegrass. The nutrients you give your grass at this time help it heal from summer’s extreme heat, drought, foot traffic, plus any pest damage. And it gives the grassroots food to survive the cold months ahead.

Clean up

Put away lawn furniture, toys, plant pots, and any other objects in the yard before the first snow. These items leave behind dead spots on the lawn if left on the grass throughout the winter.

Don’t Leave the Leaves!

Whether you rake, power blow, or mulch, make sure to clear the lawn of leaves before the first snow. A thick layer of leaves creates a moist blanket that blocks out sun, air, and nutrients. It also creates a damp environment where fungal diseases, like snow mold, can thrive.

Remove Thatch

If this layer of dead grass and debris is too thick during the winter months, it smothers the lawn and impedes drainage. Get rid of thatch by giving the turf a good raking or using an aerating machine.

Trees and Shrubs

When it comes to winterizing your lawn, don’t focus just on the grass. It’s a good time to look over your trees and shrubs well. Look for broken or dead branches and remove them. Spread mulch around tree and shrub bases to protect the root systems from the cold weather.

We Can Help with Winterizing Your Lawn

Call Free Spray Lawn Care at [phone] and let us help you take care of all of your landscaping needs any time of the year.