Natural Born Weed Killers

It’s the season to start thinking about your lawn and getting it back into shape for summer. It’s possible that weeds have taken root and infiltrated much of your yard. If you’re not high on chemicals and toxic weed killers there are a few natural weed killer remedies that you should try. DIY Life lists their top 8 natural weed killers and we’ve shared our favorites below.
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Vinegar works against pesky weeds but may require multiple applications to do the trick. It works better with the help of some sun. But be sure the forecast doesn’t call for rain; the vinegar needs some time to set in.
Cornmeal prevents weed seeds from germinating when sprinkled on the soil. It’s best to wait until after your seeds sprout to make sure the cornmeal doesn’t harm your new plants. In addition to its weed control properties, cornmeal attracts worms, which loosen up the soil.
Boiling water is probably the simplest thing to use, but make sure not to douse your plants – or burn yourself.


Salt is another simple solution but needs to be applied carefully because salt can poison the soil. A spoonful is all that’s needed to kill dandelions and other similar weeds but it’s best restricted to gravel areas and those not intended for plants. Salt can kill plant roots and important organisms like fungi and earthworms. So target its application and use sparingly to areas where runoff won’t kill your other plants.
WEED CONTROL BARRIERS
This style of weed control is a bit more involved, but the effects can last longer. The barrier keeps out light and must be heavy enough to prevent weeds from growing through it.
Newspaper forms a natural barrier against weeds, but be sure to remove the color pages because the chemicals in the colored ink will get into the soil.
Garden mulch spread on top of weed control fabric produces a similar effect. It will not prevent tough weeds from growing through but it can prevent weed seeds from sprouting. And on top of the fabric, mulch decomposes more slowly, helping to keep the soil moist for plants.
WEED BLOCKING PRODUCTS
A variety of environmentally friendly weed control products exist on the market. To be the most effective, chose one that targets the stubborn weeds in your garden.
Burnout is an organic horticultural vinegar comprised of 20 percent vinegar rather than kitchen vinegar’s five percent. It’s a good alternative to toxic weedkillers.
Weed-Aside Herbicidal Soap is a fatty acid weed killer that dehydrates plant tissue. It works on weeds, unwanted grass, algae and moss that have already sprouted.
Our all-time favorite weed killing solution and weed killer is this!

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Timothy Dahl

Founder/EIC at Charles & Hudson
Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.
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