Killing Weeds in Flower Beds

August 17, 2013

Flower BedsI would like a recipe for a homemade weed killer for my flower garden.

By Jaci



June 8, 20173 found this helpful
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I gallon of vinegar
2 cups of Epson Salt
1/4 c of dawn dish soap
Natural Safe and plant friendly

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November 26, 20180 found this helpful
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I don't think that any herbicide will work in a flower bed, it would damage the flower plants as well. I always pull them by hand when they are small and I plant lots of perennials to crowd out the unwanted weeds. Covering your garden beds in the spring will prevent weeds from starting too.

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March 26, 20190 found this helpful
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Vinegar kills what it comes in contact along with salt. And salt can most definitely make the soil bad for anything to grow especially used repeatly.


Also consider your ph levels as vinegar may change this negatively. Salts are tough on plants whether regular salt or fertilizer salts.

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June 15, 2011

What weed killer can I use that won't kill my flowers? They are beginning flowers that have not budded yet, they are cock's combs. Please help. There are so many weeds mixed in with them and I'm afraid to pull them because I am pulling the roots of the flowers up too.

By sumdawn


June 16, 20114 found this helpful

Here are some good choices, also remember that you can put down plastic and just plant in the holes, the flowers will come up but the weeds will not, also remember t hat you can use newspaper, etc to discourage weeds. Here are some great products to use in the flowerbeds and links to learn more about the details and the pro's of each one.


I like this one because it has a fertilizer in it.
I like this one because it has non harmful chemicals for the soil.

Hope these help! These are safe to use around flower beds. Have fun in the garden! Also, you could cut the weeds off at the top of the soil and cover them with paper and then put rocks over them.

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June 17, 20111 found this helpful

Use layers of newspapers to cover up the weeds (you can place some dirt on top to help hold them down, etc). This will prevent the weeds from getting light and it's easy and inexpensive. :)

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August 23, 20151 found this helpful

I use roofing shingles, I purchased at Lowes. After using for 2 years, still no weeds. I mean 1 or 2 weeds pop out from the outer edge of the flower beds, but its better than 1000"s.. Try it.



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March 31, 20160 found this helpful

Exactly what I was thinking also using tarps with grey side up has worked as an experiment. May be cheaper than roofing but not last as 25 years rated by shingle manuf.

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May 6, 2019

What can I use to kill the weeds in a bed of ivy?


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May 6, 20190 found this helpful
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Chemicals are so dangerous and can be harmful to more than the weeds, so avoid those.

How big is the bed? If it is small enough, don a good pair of gloves and pull by hand. Hopefully if you get them from the root, you can eliminate them.


If it is huge, you may want to try something like this recipe for vinegar, salt and dish soap. Use it with a spray that can target the weed roots:

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May 7, 20190 found this helpful
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It would be best to pull by hand but if it is too much then you may have to resort to using a weed killer. Either way, it will be difficult to kill all of the weeds but if your ivy is healthy it may overpower the weeds and fill in some of the spots.

You can use a home-made solution like Pghgirl sited but be very careful as it will kill the ivy very quickly.

I have used a turkey baster with weed killer and place a few drops on the top of the weed so it flows down the stem. It is best to pull/lay the ivy as far away as possible from where you are weeding.


This is usually best done in the hottest part of the day.

In the future, you may be able to curb some of the weeds by laying paper/landscape fabric/mulch before planting your ivy.
Small holes for ivy in landscape fabric will work as the ivy will usually trail/grow on top of the mulch.

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May 24, 2011

How do I kill weeds in my flower and shrub beds with no harm to my plants?

By Harold P


May 28, 20110 found this helpful

Generally, the only specific herbicides you can get are going to get them all; with the exception of the ones you can put on grass that will only kill broad-leaf weeds.

Hand pulling is the best; but if you must use an herbicide, you can be a little more selective in where it goes by applying it with a paintbrush. Take a stool out with you after a rain, and start yanking. It is not fun, but is the best way to get rid of the bad stuff without harming the good stuff.

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June 9, 20110 found this helpful

Jilson is absolutely correct-there is no herbicide that will be selective enough to save the wanted plants and kill off the unwanted. Sorry, but hand-weeding is the only way.

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June 9, 20110 found this helpful

Pull all the weeds that are up, then spreed a product called Preen this will keep weed seeds from germinating but doesn't harm the plants that are already up and growing

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September 14, 2017

How can I get rid of birch weeds in my rose garden without harming the roses? I keep pulling and pulling, but I can not seem to keep up with them at all. They are taking over and I don't want to harm my other plants.

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July 6, 2019

I have hydrangeas and spireas along with weeds in my flower garden that are constantly appearing, in abundance! How do I kill the shoots without killing the plants?

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March 17, 2014

How do you kill grasses in peony bushes?

By Bev


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March 25, 20141 found this helpful

Carefully pull the grass out by the roots and mulch well to eliminate future problems. It may be easiest, if you live in a cold area, to do this when the peony is dormant so the plant won't be disturbed. You can also dig the peony out if necessary, clean the weeds from the soil, then replant the peony. It's a lot of work, but you'll be left with a really nice flower bed next year.

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June 28, 2013

I am looking for a way to quickly kill weeds in my flowerbeds. I am thinking of using Quick Kill. Is that safe and does it work? I need help. Thanks.

By Theo


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June 29, 20130 found this helpful

Pesticides and herbicides are being linked to so many health issues.

This is my favorite. Step on and squash/break weeds, cover with mulch. That's it.

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March 9, 2012

What is a homemade weed killer you can spray in your garden that won't kill the bushes and flowers?

By Laura K.


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March 10, 20120 found this helpful

Check the extension website (find it in your telephone white pages or by Googling) for loads of good information on controlling pests and plant diseases specific to your area.

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May 29, 2014

I put periwinkles in some old good dirt, but I see with different kinds of weed peeping up. How can I kill the weeds without killing the flowers?

By V from Hephzibah, GA

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April 22, 2013

What can we use to kill weeds in an iris bed without harming the irises?

By Barbara from Paducah, KY

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May 5, 2012

I have weeds that have come up. I pull them, but there are some that I can't get a hold of even after it has rained. So I wanted to know what kind of weed killer I can use that won't harm my flowers that are beginning to grow.


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April 2, 2010

Is there a weed and grass killer that is not harmful to flowers, so that it can be used in flower beds?

By DeeDee from Amarillo, TX

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