Eliminating weeds naturally
Want a perfect lawn and yard? First, you’ll need to get rid of invasive weeds. Chemicals aren’t the only option. Find out about natural solutions made from ingredients found in your kitchen.
Tried and true solutions
- Weeding with salt
Table salt or coarse salt can be used to treat areas overgrown with weeds. The method: pour salt over the affected areas and then water thoroughly using warm water. You can also prepare very salty water (200 grams of salt per litre of water) and use it as a herbicide. For recurrent weeds, add a glass of cider vinegar to your salt water and then water the weed area.
- Baking soda
- White vinegar
Older generations used white vinegar in a spray bottle to get rid of unwanted weeds. Mix one litre of white household vinegar with half a litre of clean water. Repeat as necessary.
- Salted boiling water
This is one of the fastest ways to permanently burn the roots of unwanted plants. You can even use water that has been used to boil potatoes, rice or pasta: the starch in the water will boost the properties of your natural herbicide.
A blend to keep on hand
To prepare this powerful recipe, pour 100 grams of cooking salt into a spray bottle. Then add a few drops of organic dish soap and fill the rest of the bottle with plain white vinegar. Shake the bottle thoroughly, then spray the areas you want to weed.
Here’s another great recipe:
- 8 tablespoons natural lemon juice
- 1 litre white vinegar
Pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Shake well and spray directly on weeds. It’s a very effective solution, especially when it’s sunny! Repeat as needed every two to three days.
How do you prevent weeds from growing in your rock garden?
Do weeds keep growing in your rock garden or garden area, despite your best efforts? Place several layers of wet newspaper between your plants and flowers and cover with soil. This unique “mulch” can slow or even stop the growth of weeds.
Not all weeds are bad!
The myth holds true: the dandelion is an undesirable. But this year, a large number of Quebecers have decided to let these plants bloom in their garden to take up the Dandelion Challenge (in French).
As you can see, you don’t need to pay for chemical herbicides, which can be harmful to your health and the environment.