Killing pesky weeds doesn't have to be expensive or harmful to the environment. One common weed that causes problems is ground ivy or creeping charlie. An easy way to rid yourself of the weed, is to spray a solution of household borax on the offending sprout.
Just mix up 4 oz. borax in 1/2 cup warm water, then add to 1 gallon of tap water. Put this mixture in your favorite sprayer and give the weeds a good spray. They will be brown in a few days. Repeat treatment may be necessary.
If other weeds (and even grasses) are your problem, just zap them with a spray of full strength vinegar. The vinegar will dry up even the toughest of weeds in a few days.
By John from Charleston, WV
I've used full strength vinegar for a few years. We moved to a new home and found tons of poison ivy and oak. Vinegar even killed them. It took about a week. Wonderful, natural stuff. And cheaper than the stuff you buy in the stores.
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By Al from FL
I used with good results; 1 gallon white vinegar and 3 cups orange cleaner from dollar store. Mix into my garden sprayer and spray wetting the weeds and trimming area I wanted to kill. Within a couple of days they were all dried up as if I had used an expensive herbicide. Costs about $4.00 per sprayer mixture.
By chuck j
One way to get rid of grass is just to put a tarp down over it so the sun doesn't get in. It will die pretty quickly.
Here's more on weed control: http://www.oldhouseweb.com/gardening/weeds.shtml
To get rid of grass, weeds, or anything you don't want.
It really works and is much cheaper than weed killers or spray.
Be careful using this around cement and bricks, it can erode them. Also, my understanding is that you shouldn't use salt anywhere you want to plant something. The salt in the soil will kill anything you plant later on.
If you're not planning on planting anything where you spray, this works great. (06/07/2007)
I've used regular Feed Salt from the local Feed Store. It comes in 50lb bags, cheap. No vinegar or soap. Dissolve 1 cup per gallon of water. The grass seems to come back up in a few months. Bummer, but it looks like you could re plant things there in time if you wanted to, or spray it again. (05/27/2009)