About a year ago I found a good recipe for a natural weedkiller which combined a number of ingredients (about 5), i.e. salt, vinegar, pure soap, boiling water, and one or two other things. I cannot find it on your site now and my copy has gotten wet so often I cannot read much of it now. Does anyone know what it is? Many thanks.
Here is what I was able to look up on this site for you.
Homemade Weed Killers
Mix 1 gallon of vinegar with 1 oz. of liquid dish detergent. The soap works to break down the waxy surface on the leaves, allowing the vinegar to work more efficiently. It also helps the solution to stick to the leaves, giving the vinegar time to kill the weed.
Fill a spray bottle with the solution and spray weeds thoroughly. The solution will kill any plant it comes in contact with. Use care to avoid over-spray to neighboring plants. Small weeds will shrivel and die within 24 hours. Repeat application if regrowth occurs from the roots.
Pour the solution directly on the roots of large weeds that have extensive root systems. Plants like burdock may take a day or two to die off. Once the root withers and becomes soft, pull the root from the soil. Be careful, good luck. (03/26/2009)
Request: Homemade Weed Killers
Archived on 09/12/2008
Q: How can I make my own weed killer?
Salmonfly from Rochester
There are a number of recipes for homemade weed killers. All are variations of the following recipe:
1 gallon of white vinegar
1 cup of table salt
1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap
Mix thoroughly until the salt dissolves, pour into a hand-held spray bottle and spray the solution directly on the target weeds.
For weeds growing out of cracks in driveways and sidewalks, some people pour salt directly on the weeds.
Other people pour straight vinegar directly on weeds.
Still others add a few drops of liquid dish soap to the recipe to help the solution stick to the weeds.
The important thing to know about this homemade recipe is that is non-selective.
Just like any weed killer, use it sparingly and with caution.
Non-selective means it will kill or damage any plants or grass that come into contact with it.
Also, try to avoid spraying it directly on the soil.
Vinegar breaks down the soil structure and kills beneficial microorganisms.
In areas where this is applied, the vinegar can render the soil sterile for several years. Other organic methods of weed control include hand-pulling, boiling water or torching.
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