Hardiness Zone: 6a
By Laurie from Jackson, MI
Everything is toxic. Vinegar is more toxic than Roundup, look it up on the MSDS if you don't believe it. Boiling water creates greenhouse gases, uses toxic fuel. More data is available showing Roundup has a favorable environmental profile than either of the other methods listed.
Vinegar or Boiling Water: Regular household Vinegar can be used or you can buy a stronger vinegar at a plant nursery. Heating the vinegar up works even better! Put the vinegar in a garden-sprayer & spray on the weeds, or pour it directly on to the soil to kill the roots.
Vinegar is more permanent & will keep most things from growing long-term, while boiling water, of course is only temporary, but it works for areas where you may want to later grow things, like weeding flower or vegetable gardens or where you may want to plant foliage or bushes at a later date.
* To boil water outside, you can use a propane camping stove, but don't leave it unattended! Not even for a second, because a child or someone's pet could get burned!
Do the environment a favor & please don't use bleach, it IS toxic!
Try using boiling water, or equal parts of bleach and water. Do not use on anything you do not want to kill, in the lawn or garden. I just used bleach and water in my rock gardens, and saw results in a day.
We have a lot of weeds growing in the street and we like to know what none chemical ways to kill the weeds. Our water comes from the aquifer.
Carol from Hobbs, NM
Janet in Twin Falls, Idaho (11/30/2000)
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 (11/30/2000)
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