We have a lot of weeds growing in the street and we wold like to know some none chemical ways to kill the weeds. Our water comes from the aquifer.
Carol from Hobbs, NM
Pour boiling water over the weeds. It takes a few days for them to die, but it does work.
I just read that distilled white vinegar kills weeds and leaves the grass around it intact.
Janet in Twin Falls, ID (11/30/2000)
First cut the weeds with a mower or weed wacker, then cover the area with black plastic for a few days when it is hot. That will help kill off what is growing there. When weeds are dead, dig up the soil and replant. If you don't want anything to grow there and if you have bark, mulch, or gravel around you can cover the plastic with that and leave in place.
Weeds will only be able to grow above the plastic making them much easier to pull. Another way is to cover the area with newspaper (2 sheets thick) and cover that with bark or mulch. Cut holes with a knife where you want to plant or just leave it covered with bark, mulch, or gravel. For spot weed killing, baking soda also works well. Sprinkle a little on top of the weed. The weeds turn black and die within a few days. Safer's has a nontoxic weed killer available in garden stores.
Susan - The Editor
I put down black plastic about 20 years ago and made holes to plant flowers and bushes. Recently we removed some problem plants and pulled up some of the plastic. The soil under it had mold mixed with the soil about 8 inches deep. I won't use it again. (04/04/2006)
Recipes using common salt poisons the soil for years and helps more dangerous chemicals move into the groundwater. Roundup kills even the roots, doesn't poison the land, and actually breaks down on the surface into natural, harmless organics. One of the few times where cheap or natural is never better. Salt has been used to ruin farmland during war since biblical days. (05/02/2006)
By The Greenster
Always get a healthy lawn and you will not have weeds. Fertilize with a good fertilizer 3 times a year. Remember that the fall fertilization is the most important one. You also have to know what kind of grass you have to know what fertilizer to use. Then search online for the info. It takes lot of water for the grass to grow fast. Good luck. (03/26/2009)
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