Killing Weeds the Natural Way With Items You Already Have

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It’s been raining at my house a lot lately.

That’s certainly great for my garden, but it’s also well-liked by all the crabgrass and other weeds that are intent on taking over.

It’s not just my garden beds that they’re popping up in, either. All those weeds are intent on sneaking their way into the lawn, too. And while I might not have the most perfectly manicured grass with an involved lawn care regimen, I still don’t need crabgrass and clover crashing the party.

Obviously, old-school weed pulling is the easiest way to get rid of pesky plants popping up in the middle of gardens and lawns — especially if you’re concerned that weed killing sprays might do damage to neighboring plants.

However, if you’re looking for something a little less labor-intensive that’s still natural and toxin-free, try some of these DIY solutions to wage war on weeds. You’ve likely got these ingredients at home already.

Newspapers

This is a trick that my mom has done for years, but it’s not just limited to home gardeners. Even professional landscapers have been known to use this simple hack.

Newspaper blocks beginning weeds from growing and seeds from spreading, as it blocks out sun and air from the area beneath it. Top yesterday’s paper with mulch, and weeds won’t make their way through. Newspaper eventually breaks down, too, so there won’t be any cleanup later.

Boiling Water

If you want to talk about an inexpensive solution, it can’t get much cheaper than boiled water. There are absolutely no chemicals, either.

It’s as easy as it sounds, too: take a pot of boiling water and pour it on the weeds. Just make sure you get close to the weeds and pour slowly to avoid splashes, which could leave you burned. It won’t kill weeds down to the roots, but it will kill them above ground instantly.

This likely isn’t the best solution for weeds in the middle of your lawn, as it’ll kill plants indiscriminately. But, it’s a great solution for weeds growing between cracks in sidewalks and driveways.

Lemon Juice

When life gives you lemons, make weed killer! Lemon juice acts as a natural acid to kill weeds. It’s as simple as filling a spray bottle with lemon juice, and saturating any weeds you want to get rid of. It will dry up and kill the leaves within a couple of days.

This can be easier to control than pouring out boiling water. Just be aware that it will also kill any plants, so try not to spray garden plants you’d like to stick around.

Homemade Weed Killer Mix

If other DIY weed solutions aren’t doing the trick, it’s time to bring in the big guns. Mix a gallon of vinegar, a cup of salt or Borax, and a tablespoon of dish soap in a spray bottle. You can use it any time, but it works best on a sunny day when the sun will help speed up the process. Pesky weeds won’t stand a chance.

Just make sure you’re careful with it, because this mixture will definitely kill any plant. It doesn’t know (or care!) the difference between “bad” and “good” plants in your garden.