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Killing Grass in Rock Ground Cover

My back yard is landscaped with rocks. Grass has grown through huge patches. How can I kill the weeds/grass? I need a home made remedy. Some kind of solution that I can make at my house. I am not well off.

Cindy from Arizona

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By Ginger Yazak [2]09/26/2008

The least expensive way I have found is to mix 1 cup of regular table salt with 1 gallon of water. You can buy a package of salt for less than 50 cents most places and it does not matter if it is iodized or not.

Just pour it on ANY plant you want to kill - grass, weeds, etc.

Editor's Note: Just a reminder that salt will also kill your soil and it can take years for it to recover and allow something to grow there.

By Doris Hill09/25/2008

I pour used cooking oil over areas in order to kill unwanted weeds and grass. Works like a charm.

By Cyinda [214]09/25/2008

If you have the liquidation store "Big Lots" in your area, each spring & summer (& sometimes the rest of the year) they sell their own brand of Landscaping Cloth. It's only $3.99 for a 4 foot x 20 yard roll (It's cost twice that much at Home Depot). If you can remove the rocks, & put Landscaping Cloth down with your rocks on top of it, your effort will be rewarded! If not, then you can use Plain Boiling Water & if THAT doesn't work, then use household vinegar & if THAT doesn't work, then use the stronger Vinegar you can buy where they sell Plant nursery supplies.

REMEMBER, start with the least toxic, then work your way up to the strongest. Whatever you pour on the ground, ends up in our ground water!

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(format_html) <h2>Question:</h2> Do you know of any homemade weed killing formulas to get rid of small patches of grass growing up through my rock ground cover? <P>Hardiness Zone: 9a <P>Sharon K. Palmer From Las Vegas, NV <h2>Answer:</h2> Sharon, <P>Here is a recipe for homemade weed killer. Spray it directly on small patches of grass growing up through your rock ground cover. You can also use it to kill weeds in gravel walks, between bricks or stones in walkways and paths and on weeds growing between cracks in your driveway or sidewalk. Be careful not to spray it on plants that you want to keep because it doesn't discriminate. Also, don't spray it on bare soil in areas where you intend to plant or garden in the future. <ul> <li> 1 tbsp. of ivory dish soap <li> 1 cup of regular table salt <li> 1 gallon of white vinegar </ul> <P>Another variation: <ul> <li> 1 tbsp. alcohol (spirits) <li> 1 tbsp. of vinegar <li> 1 tsp. of ivory dish soap <li> 1 qt. of hot water </ul> <P>Mix ingredients well and transfer into a hand-held spray bottle for application. <P>Ellen <h2>More Answers:</h2> <h2>Vinegar</h2> Try straight vinegar. Pour it onto the weeds and let the hot sun bake it. You can see the weeds die within the hour on a hot day. It unfortunately doesn't kill the roots so when they come back pour more! Happy Gardening! <p>By Connie A.</p> <h2>Boiling Water</h2> Boiling water is one way, and is the least harmful to the environment. Vinegar is another but it will upset the PH balance. <p>By MJM</p> <h2>Rock Salt</h2> I use salt. I like rock salt or the salt you use in water softners, but be careful if you have any plants you want to keep, because it kills everything and it does not come back. <p>By Karen</p> <h2>20% Vinegar</h2> Spray with 20% strength vinegar from a plant nursery or Home Depot on a hot, sunny, dry day. Be careful, this stuff is potent. 10% vinegar also exists - and the one you use depends on the plants. <p> By <a href="http://www.thriftyfun.com/profile.l ... quot;>Cookwie</a></p> <h2>Block the Sunlight</h2> I cover the area, even if it is small with black plastic. I weight it down with rocks or something. I also use metal jar lids, anything that will cover the weed and block out the sun and light completely. I killed a tree stump one time this way. I used a bucket. <p>By Suzq</p> <h2>Vinegar Warning</h2> White vinegar works very well but be careful not to get it on any plants you don't want to die. The plants won't come back. I once sprayed a patch of dollar weeds in my front yard and they died but there was a bare area until the grass grew over it! <p> By <a href="http://www.thriftyfun.com/profile.l ... ot;>ldyharley</a></p> <p align="center"><img src="/images/articles27/weeds_in_gravel300x200.jpg" width="300" height="200" border="0" alt="Killing Grass in Rock Ground Cover" hspace="5" vspace="5"> <P><font class="titleblue">Answers:</font> <h3>RE: Killing Grass in Rock Ground Cover</h3> You might need to more permanently solve the problem by doubling the depth of the gravel. Nobody can expect two or four inches of gravel to stay weed-free. It's worth it to take off the gravel you have and remove dirt to make room for deeper gravel. If you're serious about solving this once and for all, this is what you gotta do. If you use a fabric-type weed blocker cloth, and you don't have enough gravel over it, then weed seeds will land on it, sprout and sink roots into your cloth 'barrier'. Good luck, and don't use salt or vinegar that washes into the lawn next to the gravel! (08/30/2007) <p> By <a href="http://www.thriftyfun.com/profile.l ... ">kimhis</a></p>
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<h2>RE: Killing Grass in Rock Ground Cover</h2> You might need to more permanently solve the problem by doubling the depth of the gravel. Nobody can expect two or four inches of gravel to stay weed-free. It's worth it to take off the gravel you have and remove dirt to make room for deeper gravel. If you're serious about solving this once and for all, this is what you gotta do. If you use a fabric-type weed blocker cloth, and you don't have enough gravel over it, then weed seeds will land on it, sprout and sink roots into your cloth 'barrier'. Good luck, and don't use salt or vinegar that washes into the lawn next to the gravel! <p> By <a href="http://www.thriftyfun.com/profile.l ... ">kimhis</a></p>

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