We don’t use chemicals on our lawn.
And it shows.
We have the worst lawn in our development. Because I refuse to put poison on our property.
This year, though, I decided enough is enough. I want to improve the look of our yard.
But I still won’t resort to toxic weed killers.
Did you know that Monsanto Roundup has been in the news lately?
That’s because a California couple was awarded in excess of $2 billion dollars in damages, after a jury found that a popular weed killer likely caused their cancer.
So no thank you to chemicals. Even if they make my grass turn green.
Instead, I’m relying upon natural weedkillers and creative landscaping to make the yard look better.
I plan to add lawn decorations. These will help the outside of the house look cared for. (I’ve already put a cute wind chime in the front yard.)
Also, I may have to live with some of the green ground cover that has grown in naturally.
But I’m not giving up on my property.
I’m going to make a natural week killer and see if it works.
Do Natural Weed Killers Work?
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I did a Google search and found a recipe on the HGTV site for natural weedkiller.
I already had everything in the house, including a plastic spray bottle.
So all I had to do is mix the three ingredients and see if it worked.
I love it when a recipe calls for everything I already have in the house. This is how it was, for the most part.
However, the recipe calls for salt and I didn’t want to use my natural pink Himalayan salt on my weeds. So I bought some cheap white table salt.
The recipe on the HGTV site calls for a gallon of white vinegar. I have a new 32-ounce bottle in the house. So I’m going to pare down the recipe. Why make a big batch when I don’t know how it’s going to work?
How To Make Your Own Natural Weedkiller
DIY weedkiller is one of the easiest things I’ve had to make.
All you need is a clean container. (I’m using a plastic spray bottle.)
- 32 ounces of white vinegar. (The cheapest brand you can find. I got mine from Aldi.)
- 1/4 cup of white table salt. (No way am I using my good Himalayan salt.)
- 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap (This is a little more than the original recipe called for. But I don’t think it will be enough to interfere with the results. Normally I like to use a more natural kind of dish soap. But I had some regular dish soap in the house and I think the weeds will respond better to this.)
Mix these ingredients and transfer to the container of your choice. You can use a special device known as a weed sprayer (in that case you will want to double or triple the ratios of the ingredients listed above.)
Or you can use a simple plastic spray bottle, as I’m doing.
The HGTV article, which I linked to below, says to apply this while the sun is shining.
Do Non Toxic Weedkillers Work?
This is my very first time making non toxic weed killer, from ingredients I already have on hand. The only thing I needed to buy was table salt.
I plan to update this post with before and after photos of my weeds, which will hopefully show bare spots or new growth where the weeds used to be.
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