How To Wage A Successful War On Weeds

I don’t remember how old I was when I first found out that the bright, sunny dandelions I loved so much were weeds. How could something so cheerful be classified in such a pesky, frustrating group of plants?
But alas, weeds are every gardener’s nightmare (well, one of them, anyway.) If you’ve got a weed situation, you can always head to your nearest lawn and garden store and pick up a bottle of weed killer. But if you’re in the market for some other ideas (including eco-friendly alternatives), we’ve got some ideas for you thanks to some help from Reader’s Digest.
Ways To Kill Weeds
1. Baking soda: This is a great tactic to stop weeds from growing in the cracks of your driveway or sidewalk. Sprinkle baking soda on the concrete surface, then sweep into the cracks.
2. Bleach: Like baking soda, this is an ideal solution for weeds that are growing in sidewalk or driveway cracks. Pour a little bit of undiluted bleach on the weeds, then pull them out the next day. The bleach will keep the weeds from growing again.

3. A shower curtain: Planning a landscaping project with gravel or bark chips? Cover the surface with an old shower curtain before mulching–the curtain will keep weeds from growing through the landscaping material.
4. Vodka: Mix up a cocktail for yourself, and then make a batch of DIY weed killer! Reader’s Digest says to mix 1 ounch of vodka, a few drops of liquid dish soap and 2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Apply the solution to weeds. Note: This will not work on weeds that grow in shady areas, only on those that are in direct sunlight.
5. WD-40: It’s a DIYer’s best friend — and it’s a weed’s worst enemy. Spray weeds with a thin coat of WD-40 and they’ll be gone in the blink of an eye. This is an ideal solution for prickly weeds like Russian thistle.
We hope these tips help you wage a triumphant battle on your lawn and garden weeds. And if you have any additional weed-killing tips, let us hear them!

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Katy Schamberger
Katy Schamberger is a Kansas City-based freelance writer, editor, blogger and author who weaves experience as a journalist, magazine editor and Chief Content Officer to create compelling, engaging copy that informs, entertains and inspires action. Oh, and she likes to take photos, too, especially of architecture, food and cocktails. Welcome!
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    Hey, these things come with batteries now! I ran over the extension cord of my dad’s electric mower as a kid. And it’s hard to get mad at your kids when they break things while doing chores, so I got off easy.

  • ilikedginger

    There are a lot of electric lawn mowers at Composters.

  • Darren

    Not sure David Back considered in his $5/year that you need a new $100 battery every two years for a cordless electric mower. I’m still struggling with what to buy myself, since I have a hilly lawn, but – alas – it’s lookin’ like gas is still my most reasonable option.