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.. Baking Soda:
Looking for a safe way to keep weeds and grasses from growing in the cracks of your paved patios, driveways, and walkways? Sprinkle handfuls of baking soda onto the concrete and simply sweep it into the cracks. The added sodium will make it much less hospitable to dandelions and their friends.
Do weeds seem to thrive in the cracks and crevices of your walkways? Try pouring a bit of undiluted bleach over them. After a day or two, you can simply pull them out, and the bleach will keep them from coming back. Just be careful not to get bleach on the grass or plantings bordering the walkway.
Those weeds that pop up in the cracks of your walkways can be tough to eradicate. But salt can do the job. Bring a solution of about 1 cup salt in 2 cups water to a boil. Pour directly on the weeds to kill them. Another equally effective method is to spread salt directly onto the weeds or unwanted grass that come up between patio bricks or blocks. Sprinkle with water or just wait until rain does the job for you.
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. 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.
6. 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.
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. 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.
9. 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.
Are dandelions sprouting up in the cracks of your driveway or along the fringes of your patio? Make them disappear for good by spraying them with full-strength white or apple cider vinegar. Early in the season, give each plant a single spritz of vinegar in its midsection, or in the middle of the flower before the plants go to seed. Aim another shot near the stem at ground level so the vinegar can soak down to the roots. Keep an eye on the weather, though; if it rains the next day, you’ll need to give the weeds another spraying.