When you’ve spent hours cutting, trimming, and planting to ensure your yard looks beautiful and relaxing, the site of weeds cropping up is enough to make one crazy. If you’re having a hard time getting rid of these pesky yard design killers, check out a few of the best ways to take them out for good.
After checking out these tips make sure to let us know if you’ve used any of these tactics for clearing out the unwelcome guests from your garden.
1. Use baking soda: Baking soda is a safe option that will keep weeds out of the cracks in your sidewalks and patio surfaces, without introducing toxins to the environment. Simply sprinkle a few handfuls onto the sidewalk and sweep it into the cracks, according to Reader’s Digest.
2. Salt em’: Boil two parts water with 1 part salt. Pour the mixture directly on weeds. You can also sprinkle salt directly onto the weeds in your sidewalk and spray a bit of water on top.
3. Get em’ drunk: Alcohol can be dehydrating (which may explain why you’re really thirsty after downing one too many). This dehydration effect works great for snuffing out weeds. Combing 1-ounce of vodka with 2 cups of water and a little dish soap. Mix in a spray bottle and apply the mixture directly on the leaves. Douse them well. Make sure to hit the weeds in the middle of the day when the sun is high for the best effect, according to Reader’s Digest.
4. Add a bit of flavor: Crisp your weeds into submission by mixing 1 cup of salt with 1 gallon of vinegar, a bit of dish soap and some citrus oil. Spray the mixture on the weeds, Treehugger recommends.
5. Prevent them from ever showing up: You can make it much harder for weeds to grow by spreading a bit of cornmeal in your desired area. The cornmeal makes it harder for weed seeds to reproduce. The corn meal doesn’t actually kill anything, but it’s a good preventative measure, according to This Garden is Illegal.
6. Suffocate the suckers: It doesn’t sound humane, but weeds cropping up and ruining your beautiful garden get what’s coming to them. To nix weeds naturally, layer the desired area with at least 4 sheets of newspaper. The paper keeps sunlight from feeding the pesky weeds. You can add mulch on top to help the newspaper breakdown.
7. Grow your lawn: Oddly, one of the best ways to keep weeds at bay is to keep your lawn fertilized. Thick healthy grass takes up tons of space on the ground and blocks weeds from sprouting, according to This Old House. Just be careful, too much fertilizer (even the natural kind) can kill your grass.
8. Hand weed: It’s not fun, but it’s effective. The best way to kill weeds and stop them from taking over your yard is to do it by hand. You’ll want to catch the weeds in their infancy. Use a sharp tool and yank the entire weed (root included). Make sure to reseed the area with grass as soon as you pull the weed to encourage grass growth and block out weeds.
9. Boiling water: It’s safe. It’s simple. It works. Just pour a pan of boiling water over a weed and watch it wither and die.
Get rid of those weeds for good and return your yard to the relaxing oasis it was meant to be! If you found these tips helpful, make sure to share them with your friends on Facebook.
RESOURCES BANNER IMAGE CREDIT, TREE HUGGER, READER’S DIGEST, AND THIS OLD HOUSE