Earth Friendly: Homemade Weed Killer Recipes & Solutions

Pulling weeds by hand is not always easy or practical, they’re pesky and determined to pop back up and spread in no time. If you’re looking for more natural ways to control them that don’t include harsh chemicals and are safer for children and pets (bonus: most are pretty frugal too), here is a list of DIY recipes and solutions from my collection. I’ve also included a few tips at the bottom.

1. Kill irritants dead with a good shot of vinegar. For best results, don’t dilute with water and choose a time to apply when there’s no sign of rain. A regular household variety is around 5% acetic acid concentration which will do the trick for new growth. If you can find a stronger variety (like pickling which is about 9%), that will give better results for more mature (and stubborn) species.

2. Mix a ratio of 1 part salt to 2 parts water. This is effective but keep in mind that significant amounts will cause damage to surrounding soil as well. This should only be used in places where you want no plant life (like driveways, sidewalk cracks, underneath decks and patio blocks, around the foundation of the house, etc.).You can also drizzle straight salt over top.

3. Combine 1 1/4 cups of table salt (see note above) with 1 gallon of household vinegar. Spritz where needed.

4. Fill a spray bottle with pickling vinegar and add a squirt or two of liquid dish detergent. Spray during the hottest time of the day.

5. Soap solution of 1 part liquid dish detergent to 10 parts water. Soak the pesky growth with this mix.

6. Plug in the kettle, bring water to a boil then pour the hot liquid over them (you’re basically cooking them to death).

7. Either straight lemon juice or try 1/2 cup lemon juice mixed with 1 quart household vinegar. I would only choose this method if I had more lemon juice on hand than I knew what to do with since this can get pretty pricey.

8. Common Recipe: 1 quart household vinegar, 1/4 cup salt, 2 teaspoons liquid dish detergent (select a brand that contains no bleach). Combine together and spray.

9. Corn Gluten Meal (this is different than corn meal): This is an all natural product that deters weeds spreading by seed, a great source of info regarding this method can be found here (webarchive link since page no longer online): City Of Ottawa (how and when to apply it, etc.). Effective on crabgrass, dandelions, curly dock, knotweed, lambs quarters, pigweed, plantain and others. Suitable on lawns, flowerbeds, bulb beds and vegetable gardens. Watch that the CGM that is labeled as “pre-emergent herbicide“, stuff from the feedstore doesn’t have enough protein to work. Keep in mind that using CGM affects seed growth for all types of vegetation, not just those you’re trying to get rid of.

Tips

  • Many natural remedies and products will not only work, but they may also kill surrounding grass and flowers. When using a recipe, careful to apply to the weed only (keep in mind that liquids will saturate and seep into the ground where roots from favored plants may be able to reach).
  • Use when there’s no sign of rain for at least a day or two, hot sunny weather will give you best results.
  • Make it difficult for them to root and spread by laying newspapers and mulch in and around wanted vegetation (see tip #9: 11 Ways To Reuse Newspaper Around The House).
  • Weed growth is greatly reduced with the “No Dig” method of gardening (see Try No Dig Gardening for Your Backyard Vegetables). The idea is to make a foundation of compost/mulch then only use soil where you plant (dig a hole in the mulch, stick a handful or two of dirt inside then position the seedling).

Did you know: Many unwanted irritants/weeds are beneficial in home remedies for all sorts of things and some are even edible and tasty! For example, dandelions can be transformed into a delicious syrup, wine or jelly, while plantains can be crushed to reduce itching from mosquito bites or relieve pain from bee stings. Take some time to research the ones in your area and you may find some pretty clever ways to take advantage of their benefits–you may just decide to let a few live and flourish in certain sections of your yard ;).

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Comments

    • Elizabeth
    Reply

    I just planted expensive ground cover 2- 3 weeks ago in the backyard. (“green carpet” also known as “rupture wart” a low growing drought tolerant ground cover) The backyard was previous filled with weeds that would grow back every winter. I had the gardener scrape out the weeds/grass combo, till the soil and spray the whole area before planting the ground cover.
    Now 3 weeks later I have more grass/crab grass and clover growing in between my expensive ground cover. How do I kill the “weeds” but not the ground cover?

    Any advice would be appreciated.
    Thank you!

    • terry
    Reply

    I live in the mohave desert and the weeds here are tough ! pompas grass for example, I tried a whole gallon of vinegar ( not diluted ) and it didnt work, So, I tried the salt method, salt diluted in water (half pool salt, half water) and once the salt was desolved I dumped it on the weeds and grass, it did not work either. I wanted to kill ALL vegatation period, thats why I used the salt water. but that doesnt work and Im at a loss as what to try next. I no salt is suppose to make the land barren so nothing will ever grow there again, but so far this has not worked. where I live there is a salt layer in the soil, so weeds here seem salt tolerant already. I think I have to go back to the round up to kill them, then bring in a truck load of salt and spread it on the whole yard.

    • Marcia
    Reply

    There is a weed about 5′ high growing in the center of my gardenia bush. I cannot get to the root. I cut the gardenia back last year to save it but the weed continues to grow. How can I kill the weed without killing the bush?

    • Scott
    Reply

    If using the vinegar and dish liquid recipe, how long before you can plant something there and it work?

    • Ashley
    Reply

    Someone asked a.question about goat heads that went unanswered. I am also infested with this weed and it gets worse every year. Will salt vinegar dawn chlorine ANYTHING kill them once they’ve already started to flower and produce the thorns? They take over the entire back yard sk hand pulling or using a back hoe is impossible. Its way yo big of a job. Please, what’s the most effective way to kill massive amounts of goat head weeds?

      • Susan Calcagno
      Reply

      Goats heads have to be burned. I got a propane torch and burned mine and made sure I burned any fallen thorny seed. It took me two good burnings of the area with goats heads and now they are gone. Horrible things to get started in any yard. They hurt like heck. I won’t even mention what it does to a dogs paws!! My dog got one in his paw and came hobbling over to me for pain relief. He let me pull it out and I got that torch going ASAP.

    • michele
    Reply

    We are putting up a deck and we were advised to put store bought weed killer down, so we followed our contractors advice, well the deck is delayed.I noticed that some weeds are growing through the pea gravel so I experimented with a homemade remedy 1 cup table salt and 1 cup baking soda using 2 gallons very warm water to dissolve I poured into our weed sprayer and dilluted with cool water and sprayed the area well making the solution up 5 times to cover our area. Did I dillute too much or will i have success. I have not noticed any new growth. We had a pretty good rain 24 hours after i applied. we plan to use the salt or vinegar around our burn pile to kill the over growth back there. Thanks for all the helpful advice. Michele

    • faith
    Reply

    what could possibly kill very mature trumpet vine

    • Rose Scott
    Reply

    I need help!!!!!!!! I planted a wild sunflower plant a few years ago that I got at a plant exchange. It is perennial with no seeds. It is so invasive that it is out of control. It has tubers like large carrots, then long white sprout looking straw length vines, then tiny vein shooting from that. They are now growing under my above ground pool and shed. The sunflowers are taller than the shed. They are causing problems and must be destroyed. Please help if you can. The root system is unbelievable.

    • jennifer
    Reply

    hi, just want to ask how to kill weeds on roses plants? should i use the vinegar, salt solution? thanks!

    • Jenny
    Reply

    I have found no natural remedies for killing thistles. Did Monsanto GE thistle seed???? I have been burning them with a weed dragon, that kills them initially but they keep coming back. I heard that it might take 5 or 6 times of burning till the roots die out. Any advice anyone???

    • Desarae
    Reply

    I used the common method, it worked GEAT. I sprayed in the early afternoon. By mid evening they are already brown. Will be using this method again!

    • Kate
    Reply

    Just in case anyone cares. Lambs quarter makes a great spinach substitute, as long as you are positive that it is lambs quarter. There is a similar plant that can be toxic. And Dandelions have been eaten for ages by the Germans. In fact they helped save the lives of some POW’s in WWII. My Great Uncle was at the camp.

    • Shawna
    Reply

    Keep in mind that salt will pit concrete pavers, sidewalks and driveways.

    • D . Swory
    Reply

    I have heard of a recipe for weed killer with vinegar , epsom salt , and dish soap. Can you tell me the exact amounts of each for this recipe ?

      • Bonnie
      Reply

      Vinegar, regular salt, and dish soap will kill the weeds. Epsom salt is magnesium and will only help them to grow. πŸ™‚

      I use 1 c. vinegar, 2 tblsp. Dawn in a small spray bottle. I don’t use salt in it because salt will get into the soil and kill everything around it and it takes too long for the grass to grow back.

    • jan
    Reply

    How do you get rid of Yarrow in your grass?

    • Pam
    Reply

    Does anyone have experience with Japanese Knotweed? Very invasive. We have tried pulling up the new sprouts, but it is back again this year with even more vigor!

    • Kathleen
    Reply

    I have a front n rear garden that I painstakingly did by hand for 6days.gor-ge-ous. Lo n behold, a weed war. If you can get a syringe load it with weed killer. A lil shot to main stems. Excellent for unwanted vines, poison ivy etc. load up syringe with poison ivy killer n hit that main stem. Whamo ! Just be careful not to inject your self n wear thick gloves. Good luck

      • John
      Reply

      A “Turkey Injector” makes a great weed syringe. Got rid of a Mulberry tree in one season after drilling small holes in the base of the trunk in which to inject your herbicide!

    • Dean Martin
    Reply

    How do I control grass in my prennal garden?

    • Angel
    Reply

    So anyone have a natural solution for blackberry bushes/vines??

      • foster
      Reply

      These are tough. Only thing I’ve found to kill blackberries, poison ivy, wild rose, briars etc.. is glyphosate. Not ideal or natural.

      The boiling water, or salt/vinegar/dish soap may work, using several applications.

      Good luck, that’s a tough one and invasive, but I just love me some blackberries. So if ya can’t kill it, I’ll take the berries πŸ˜‰

        • grace
        Reply

        there are sprays for the harder to kill plants, like the black berries (poison ivy) But I gave up on the blackberries and put something up, so they would grown up on it, and had the larges blackberries, I’d ever seen. Can you put a fence or something up? something like you would do for grapes, works well. I just think, it’s like trying to make water run off, the closer you try to do it, to nature’s way, the eaiser it is. I love berries! Good luck! or fun, making berry pie!

      • mary
      Reply

      Dig them up,plant them and then sell them.People who want them might even do the work for you….I would

    • Barbara Y.
    Reply

    I have ground clover through out my entire 3 acre lawn. It is expecially heavy where my husband used roundup ivy killer. I killed everything and the clover is massive in those areas. What homemade recipe can I use on these areas including throughout the grass without killing the grass or vegetation?

      • Cindi
      Reply

      I have lava rock around my shrubs and weeds are beginning to come up. Can I use the vinegar, salt, soap solution to kill the weeds without hurting my shrubs and monkey grass. I have a pool and was going to use the pool salt to do this receipe but don’ want to kill my shrubs in the process. Any advice would be appreciated.

        • foster
        Reply

        Yes, just do it carefully( spray foliage only) and don’t over do it. You don’t want run off. It’s better to make several light applications than one heavy dose if desirable plants are in the immediate area.

        Not sure on the pool salt. I think it would work, Try a small amount on a test weed or two. Just go lightly, wait a few days and see. Re-apply if needed as needed.

    • Mark
    Reply

    I work in a mobile home park and we have several large sumps for water run off, we have weeds galore. I was wondering if large amounts of salt would kill the weeds and what kind of salt? (we don’t care if anything grows there or not).

      • Bonnie
      Reply

      Yes, the salt will kill all of the weeds. You might want to make sure nothing down the way will be harmed tho when you put all the salt on your weeds.

    • Brendon
    Reply

    Hi there, Can anyone tell me how to kill Wandering Dew ??

      • foster
      Reply

      I think that’s Wandering Jew. Recipes listed above should work for almost all but the hardiest of plants. Should do the job for WJ just fine.
      Poison ivy, blackberry, wild rose and briars are tough to kill. Sometimes traditional chemical herbicides are required.

        • saundra
        Reply

        why would you want to kill wandering Jew? I wish i had some. πŸ™

    • Bev
    Reply

    Anyone ever heard of using water softner salt to kill weeds in gravel or rock?

      • foster
      Reply

      Nope, but if contains Sodium (NaCl) it should work.

      A test application may be needed to find out. not sure how pricey it is, might be better off using one of the vinegar/salt recipes which are proven tried and true.

    • Conrad
    Reply

    well I just finish to clean up my backyard by hand
    I have a pool and I notice when my dogs shaking off the poll water
    into a spot where there was grass everything slowly dies

    a bag of super shock chlorine is $4.75
    liquid herbcide is $16.85

    however I’m going to try the vinegar
    but I don’t think it will be effective like the super shock chlorine

    Warning plz don’t try the super shock chlorine around the plants you love
    because they will die

    • pierce mac
    Reply

    I’ve got one problem with scotch grass in my marigold plot and no matter what I do nothing will kill them without harming the flowers any ideas????

      • foster
      Reply

      Use a pre-emergent (corn gluten or preen type) to prevent new seed from germinating before the grass appears.

      Careful spot on treatment with a herbicide/grass killer may work.

      If you know where the marigolds are exactly, cut some landscaping cloth barrier to fit plot and around marigolds. Use wood chip mulch to cover. Spray undesirables as they show up with one of the recipes listed above.

      Sometimes less is better. Use less to treat to avoid drift or leaching and re-apply when needed.

    • cathym
    Reply

    I am trying the vinegar/salt/dish soap today….anyone have good results using this remedy???

      • pierce mac
      Reply

      remedy worked well for i live in ireland and used this on weeds growing on my patio, dead within two weeks

        • Paula
        Reply

        I recently used a gallon of vinegar two cups epsom salts and two tablespoons of Dawn in a gallon sprayer. Everything around my fence is dead & gone. I always used just the plain vinegar but you need the soap to help it stick to the plant. The epsom salts will kill the root I am told. Making another batch today for other problem areas. This really works! It will kill ANY vegetation so advise not to spray near flowers or shrubs.

    • ty
    Reply

    as far as using salt for vegitation killer, is that table salt or rock salt?

      • pierce mac
      Reply

      either seem to do i have used both with good results

    • Jimmy O
    Reply

    Can I use coarse salt used for driveway in winter when mixing weed killer?

      • foster
      Reply

      Yup, accidentally dumped a gallon of de-icer SALT in my yard. no vegetation in that spot for 2+ yrs.
      Make sure it is salt based. Many new formulations of de-icer are plant friendly and wont harm vegetation.

      Those are best saved for ice removal.

    • C. Dagenais
    Reply

    With the vinegar, salt and detergent recipe, do you spray the weed or the root or both?

      • foster
      Reply

      Just the foliage if in an area with desirable plants. If its a weed in a crack in the sidewalk or a similar location. go ahead and let ‘er have it good. Foliage and root for tough vines n weeds where no vegetation is wanted at all.

    • Sheila
    Reply

    using 9% acetic acid vinegar and a basting brush or paint brush “baste” the weeds or creeping charlie. If you don’t baste the grass you do want it won’t kill it. Or use a stream spray on a day there is no breeze and squirt the root of the weed.

    • Katy
    Reply

    Will the vinegar and salt mixture kill the Cameleon plant. And when could I replant in the same area?

      • foster
      Reply

      It should kill almost any plant by dehydration. As long as you are careful not to allow salt solution to saturate soil you should be able to replant fairly soon.
      Spray solution on undesirable vegetation only. allow it to work. Once dead remove plant.

      If you are still concerned there may be residual salt in the soil, a heavy watering, or rain should dilute it.

      Grab a bag of your choice of potting soil,compost,or mix. Top off the area and replant.

    • Wendy
    Reply

    Would you just use regular household table salt? And what would you recomend for weeds without killing the grass?

    Thanks Wendy

      • foster
      Reply

      Yes table salt, rock salt, sea salt. All dehydrate foliage.
      Not much is available, organic or home made for killing weeds not grass. Spot on treatments of previous listed recipes would be my suggestion.
      Dont over apply( re application is a better choice) if using salt.Be careful to avoid desirable plants.
      Pre-emergent herbicide is another option or a hose application of a weednfeed type product. There are some plant based available sprays also.

    • Becky
    Reply

    How do I get rid of crab grass (creeping Charlie) in my grass, without killing my grass?? I have tried fertilizing, round up, and pulling them. Now I am becoming more environmentally friendly and conscious, and really don’t want to use the harsh chemicals. Please help!!!!!

    Thanks.
    Becky

      • Lyne
      Reply

      I made a test with boiling water on one patch and another patch a sprinkling of baking soda. The boiling water worked but killed the grass. Still too early to see if the grass will come back. The baking soda killed Creeping Charlie (it turned black even to the root) but some of the grass is still ok. As with the boiling water still too early to see if the test worked. I have pets and am trying to go as eco friendly as I can.

      • Sheila
      Reply

      use a basting or paint brush and “baste” the weeds or creeping charlie with 9% vinegar

    • beverly
    Reply

    I DESPERATELY need poison ivy control. Extremely allergic and have tons of it. HELP PLEASE

      • Tipnut
      Reply

      Hi Beverly, you pretty much have to dig it up and dispose of it (then pour salt and water or vinegar over the soil it was growing). I have basic details at the bottom of this page: Poison Ivy Remedies

        • Yvonne
        Reply

        DO NOT BURN THE POISON IVY, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES! It is highly toxic and the oil will attach to the smoke and if you breathe it into your lungs you will be in serious trouble, allergic or not!

          • dee
          Reply

          Been there …I will never go to another barn burning !

        • Frank
        Reply

        A couple that I read about redo a back yard had tons of poison ivy and rented a couple goats and got rid all of it without any problem to the animals

          • Syg
          Reply

          Rented goats? πŸ€”πŸ˜‚πŸ€£

        • Bud
        Reply

        Get a goat! My goats love it.

      • susan
      Reply

      I used posion ivy kill by round up….killed all mine off not had problem since then.

      • Mary
      Reply

      Buy any product labeled “brush killer”, spray according to directions. Only use this stuff on still, dry days as it will kill anything it touches right down to the roots. I had excellent luck with this stuff, spray until it starts to drip off leaves. I also can’t afford to have this stuff within a mile of me…I try to use natural solutions whenever I can, but poison ivy is not just an aesthetic
      problem, it’s a health problem.

    • Barbara
    Reply

    And also mint in the grass..how do u get rid of it…

      • pistachio
      Reply

      Mint helps deter ants. Perhaps just dig it up and transplant it.

    • Barbara
    Reply

    Poison ivy..how do I get rid of it for good…

    • Lloyd
    Reply

    I am trying to get rid of bermuda grass in my yard, but not hurt my st augestine grasses. what can I use?

      • Amy
      Reply

      Having the same problem. Need a answer please!

        • A. Strickland
        Reply

        We have a beautiful St. Augustine back yard but it is being invaded with Bermuda grass. Is there anything available that will kill the Bermuda but not the St. Augustine. The Bermuda is spreading very fast so a quick reply would be appreciated!! Thanks!!!

        • Linda
        Reply

        Also looking for something that can be used on weeds in the lawn but not harm the grass itself. Saw the one post mentioned borax powder. Is this still considered organic for organic land?

        Please advise

    • patrick
    Reply

    i have goat heads in my back yard how can i kill them

    • Pat
    Reply

    I have used the vinegar-soap-salt solution for 3 months on my gravel driveway. It isn’t 100% effective, so there are always..still..spots of weeds that keep coming up all over. I’ve done multiple sprayings and the results are still spotty and disappointing. I really don’t want to go back to harsh chemicals. the ration I use is 2 gallons of vinegar, 1 C soap, 1C salt..should I increase the salt?

      • B. Powers
      Reply

      Going by the recipe in the article you would want to use 1C salt per gallon of vinegar (twice the amount you used) and 8 tsp dish soap per gallon of vinegar (much less than you used). Pickling vinegar works better than regular vinegar as it has a higher level of acidity.

    • Pauline
    Reply

    I read that borax kills quack grass, Will floweers vegetables and regular grass grow in the area you put the borax Also how do use the boxax? Do you put it on dry? thank you

      • Sharon
      Reply

      I’ve used borax on creeping charlie, by sprinkling the lawn, lightly, so the borax will attach to the leaves. Then I just walked thru the yard, and threw out a light sprinkling, with my hands. It effectively killed the creeping charlie, without harming the lawn.

      I plan to give it a shot on the quack grass, and will let you know if it works. Please let me know if you find something that works.

      Thanks,
      Sharon

    • Rachael
    Reply

    I also find boiling the kettle and poring on the weeds kills them as well they can’t handle the extreme heat.

    • Mary
    Reply

    Anyone know of an organic way to get rid of 4 o’clocks that are taking over my world?

      • Mikal
      Reply

      Mature Four O’clocks can easily be pulled up. Make sure the tuber is intact on the plant. To get rid of the seedlings, 1tsp Dawn liquid dish soap to 1 gallon vinegar. Spray on existing plants early evening while there is still some daylight left. This way the “broth” will have more time for the plant to absorb it. A second application may be necessary in 3-5 days.

    • Kristy
    Reply

    Dandelion milk from the stems of the flower can be used to get rid of pesky warts. Apply a few times a day, for as long as it takes, if its a small one maybe as soon as a week or so. It will turn the wart and surrounding skin black, I’m not sure why, but it will get rid of the wart, pain free.
    And its MUCH cheaper than the store bought stuff.

      • Helga
      Reply

      More about Dandelions

      As a young girl in the early β€˜50’s my mother got me to dig up the Dandelions before the peeked through the dirt, (the leaves were still white) she washed them, cut the root off and made a salad with vinegar and oil. I will always remember that as it was such a wonderful tasting salad and I miss that.

      Now if I find Dandelions I use the root for tea..

    • Earl
    Reply

    Will the vinegar affect other plants like flowers or shrubs?

      • Mikal
      Reply

      Vinegar is non-selective..It will kill all plants to the ground. Draw back is it doesn’t kill the root system effectively unless used repeatedly until no new growth appears anymore. After effective treatment, the ph level of the soil needs to be adjusted.

    • Mari
    Reply

    I have ground ivy that is out of control. Whats a good killer for that, and if I use it am I able to plant in that area? It’s in my garden, coming through the fence from neighbors yard!

      • cc
      Reply

      ivy is hard to kill bc of the waxy leaves; we had a huge yard of it, but killed it by 1. weed-whacked, 2. sprayed cut ivy w RoundUp twice, 3. covered in heavy, black, builders plastic for 9 months, 4. dug out all remaining vine mat – – IT IS GONE!

      • JP
      Reply

      I tried the vinegar, salt and detergent solution on a bunch of my weeds, including poison ivy. It didn’t seem to kill anything except the poison ivy. Next time I will omit the salt and only use it with it on the areas that I want the ground to be clear.

    • Ed Fox
    Reply

    A neighbour has bamboo growing in her lawn , from next door, it has grown into her tile bed. It has stopped water from draining, iced up tank, What can be done to get rid of it. It has to be strong mixure. Even if they have to get a permit to use it. PLEASE HELP

      • Peggy Horr
      Reply

      I don’t know how to kill the bamboo but I did see on TV that the roots are very invasive and need to be contained.

        • andi
        Reply

        I had a neighbor who had bamboo in her yard. She ended up pouring straight vinegar on the main bush. It worked! Wow, it really worked. Try it. It is cheap.

          • Mikal
          Reply

          About the only way to kill bamboo is to cut them down, wait for new growth to appear and treat the new growth with Baking Powder. Wet the new growth, put some Baking Powder in some cheese cloth or womens hosiery and dust the new growth with the Baking Powder. Repeat process if necessary.

      • Judy
      Reply

      Try cutting it back and drilling holes in the cane stumps. Then pour Epsom salts into the holes. Water thoroughly.

    • geraldine
    Reply

    Will this work for med size to full grown weed’s as well… And as for grass that keep’s grown and coming up through the plastic tarp of the ground…. Please help me…

    • Melanie
    Reply

    HI There, if I use the vinegar/salt/dishsoap combo, when could I grow something in that area? I will not be planting my overgrown garden at all till next spring, it’s packed with scottish thistle (let it take over 2 years ago). So, if I spray it this year, can I plant veggies next year, or would it destroy the soil for planting again?

    Thanks

      • Amelia
      Reply

      Salt will destroy the soil for several years. When I was a teen I sprayed a little salt water on a huge slug next to the grass and for a few years we had a bald spot right next to the drive where the salt must have run off into the grass. I would only use the salt in areas that you don’t want ANYTHING to grow.

        • John G
        Reply

        Using the vinegar and soap mix, how long before I can plant in the same spot? Weeks? Does it ruin the soil? The popular chemical used to spray weeds and grass says you can plant right away after weed is dead.

      • Bonnie
      Reply

      Melanie,

      If you are wanting to kill out a whole bed of grass/weeds, pour straight vinegar onto the area. Do not use salt at all. The vinegar will kill the weeds/grass and you can pull them all out. Do this several times to kill it all out. You can start planting a month later because the vinegar is natural and will go into the soil and filter. You may want to add some Epsom salt to the ground, along with wood ashes to put magnesium and nitrogen back into the soil to help your veggies grow. I used both in my small area for my garden. I added soil in January, mixed with wood ashes and Epsom salt (which is different from table salt), and tilled up the area. My little garden of tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, bell peppers, squash, and watermelon is growing great! πŸ™‚

      Bonnie

      • Terry
      Reply

      Use Epson salts will not destroy soil tomatoes and peppers like some epson salts and it also helps with blossom end rot

      • Bob T
      Reply

      I have been using the vinegar and salt for years. When my daughter was in college, I was talking to her professor about this and he told me if you put lime on the soil and work it in you can plant in it. I have been doing this and it works well. Wish you the best with you planting.

    • Ricardo
    Reply

    Inquiry…..

    With the tips published in this article, (well hopfully some of them) will they wok here in Alberta, Canada?

    Thanks

      • TipNut
      Reply

      I don’t see why not Ricardo…they should effective regardless of the location.

    • elsa
    Reply

    great tip for weeds! live in the Pacific Northwest and weeds abound here! I personally have more than I know what to do with. the way I tackled them before was to pick them as I saw them (I lived in Southern California) and I ended up with a weed free yard! here not everyone takes care of their yards and, of course, weeds have seeds and they blow around … I’m going to try the vinegar and salt for all the ones on the drive and see what happens!
    thanks again for all the tips you send out! love this site!

      • carol wardle
      Reply

      vinigar and salt does not work

        • cc
        Reply

        many people find that it does, but some weeds require multiple applications; try adding dish soap as a surfactant

          • Gino
          Reply

          It most certainly does work, I sprayed a solotion of vinegar, garlic, chilli pepper and detergent around my runner beans, to deter Rabbit attacks, which it didn’t, and unfortunately, some of it must have gotten onto the plants and they died slowly.

            • Tressa

            Your recipe isn’t comparable to Carol. Have you used salt and vinegar?

        • sherry
        Reply

        Carol add 2 tbs new dawn works great. used it all the weeds are gone.

        • Bonnie
        Reply

        Carol,

        The best formula I have found to work is 1 c. vinegar, 2 tbsps. Dawn, put into a spray bottle, and spray directly onto the weeds you want to kill. It does work and on a really hot day will kill dandelions and crabgrass halfway by sundown. I use this often in my yard. You will have brown spots in the yard until the new grass takes over. Salt is not a good thing to use around vegetables at all as it will kill out tomatoes, watermelon, pepper, squash, etc. for sure.

        Bonnie

          • Tory
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          mix 1 gal white vinegar, 1 cup epsom salt and 1 Tbs (blue) dish soap. Works best when sprayed directly on weeds on a sunny day

        • Betty from NC
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        Use Epsom salt

        • DTM-DennisTheMenance
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        IF HAVE A GRAVEL DRIVEWAY? This can last for 5-7 Yrs at a time…It does mine.
        Here is what I did to Mine when I bought this Cottage House to retire in..
        1. Get Heavy Duty Landscaper Underlayment Fabric Material( Roll of it) and not the Thin Cheap stuff
        2. and The Large Staples for Pinning It Down..1 every 2-3 ft.. besides the New Gravel your going to Put Ontop of it..
        3. Super Soak the Old Gravel with 20% Acidity Vinegar( not OTC-5%) Get at Feed store for Farmers or if only need 1 gal? Ask a Farmer -Pay them $20 per Gal..its Very Potent! 4x OTC White Vinegar.
        4. add 1 cup of Salt per Gal..Salt kills it all.. and Use your 1 gal Sprayer( Buy one > $20 for a Good One)
        5. Order 3″ of New Clean Gravel..
        6. Let them lay it out ontop of your New Underlayment
        7. Have your 1-2 gallon Sprayer Ready- To Spray 2/3rd- OTC-5% Vinegar, 1 Coffee Cup of Salt, 5 squirts per Gal of Dishsoap and 1 Cap Full of Weed & Grass Killer Concentrate Load up the sprayer, you have your Rubber Gloves on or keep a Box of surgical-Plastic Gloves handy..Buy by the Box for $5- get 25 -50 per box..If in doubt, wear them out doing Yar work.. Buy Booty Covers for your Shooes and wear Long Pants and a Paper Face Mask…. If you Use Roundup or ther HD Weed & Grass Killer? Wear a Painters Oxygen Mask.. It will cause CANCER if you use enough of it..

        8. Once a Month- Spray your New Gravel Driveway with that 20% Gravel and Salt & Soap Mix ( Or use 75% of the OTC-5% mix with adding 1 pint of Lemon Juice- that raises the Acidity Level to about 8-10 per Gal..)

        Get a Steel Rake if can’t Rent a Commerical size one for Raking Gravel Drivewaays– So you can Rake out the Dead Brown Weeds….

        Make sure your out there in the Spring, Spraying your Driveway Before the Weeds Come..Its a Preventure for Weeds.. PreEmergent..You can Ask your Town Playground Dept what do they use on Playgrounds to Keep the Weeds from growing.. Or ask a Decent Landscaping service and if they will Spray your Driveway or Prep It Like Above ? It will cost $2-400, but well worth it..by end of summer? No Ugly Weeds in your Drivewaay, alive or Dead ones..Other wise Rake them out Once a Month yourself..I tie 3 Large Wide Steel rakes onto my riding Lawm Mower and rake my Drivewaya every month in summer.. Hope that helps solve your problem

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