Natural Weed Control?

Natural recipes or products that will kill weeds and not grass. Tips from the ThriftyFun community.

Natural Weed Control Recipe

I have been told to take a gallon of vinegar, add 2 Tbsp. of salt, and a squirt of dish soap (like Dawn or Ivory), mix well and use a sprayer. Absolutely nothing will grow where you squirt it. My mother swears by this, I have yet to try it.


By Sally

Boiling Water

I have heard of pouring boiling water on weeds (like between stones in a patio or walkway) to kill them.

By Kathy K.

Fertilize Your Lawn

A well guarded secret by bowling greens and golf clubs for weed control is for fertilizing the grass they use ammonium sulphate as this promotes grass growth and discourages flat weeds from growing fertilizers high in nitrogen only encourage both grass and weeds to grow quickly.Both of the above options should work also for weed control. The other option is to dig the weeds out. The other problem you may have is grass grubs. You will need to lift a section of grass to see if any grubs present. The only natural method of control of them is a heavy roller. Someone else may know the answer to that question. All the best


By Brent

Get A Soil Analysis

I attended a seminar on lawns and the expert said that he can tell what a lawn needs by the type of weeds it grows. He suggested first to get a soil analysis before anything else - simple tests available in most hardware stores with garden centers. After that, it was coring the lawn in the fall, amending with compost and possibly corn gluten to do weed control. Check the company, Gardens Alive! for some good organic info. I believe they have a web site.

By kathy

Gardens Alive has the best non-pesticide lawn and garden products. Also great products for pets with allergies. Short-term slightly expensive, but longterm great, carefree results.

By Ingrid

Salt Water

Try using 1/4 Cup of salt to 1 quart boiling water. Thats about as natural as you can get. It will kill what you have. So use it sparingly.


By Merryjean100

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August 2, 20070 found this helpful

I read this on the Heinz vinegar website to kill dandelions:

A Dandelion Free Lawn
A natural alternative to using expensive and potentially toxic chemicals. Fill a spray bottle with undiluted Heinz® White Vinegar. When dandelions start to pop up, spray the center of each flower with the vinegar. Spray once directly on the plant and again near the ground so the vinegar can soak into the roots. This will kill the dandelions and keep them from growing back. It is best to do this on a sunny day when no rain is expected for a few days, because the rain will wash away the vinegar.


Check out the website for other great uses for vinegar.

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August 2, 20070 found this helpful

thanks to all of you who contributed to this subject, especially Dandelion free lawn, Vinegar and salt, boiling water and salt. great ideas all of them. Thx for sharing. gen

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