Here are some safe and natural alternatives for getting rid of weeds that really work. Many of us have weeds in our gardens but don’t want to use terrible herbicides and other chemicals that are getting into our ground water, foods, and even into our bodies, and here are some great alternatives.
The simplest is to pull out the weeds, or till them under, and then put in weed barrier material that will prevent weeds from growing, but at times not even this will prevent weeds from popping up.
Alcohol is a great all natural weed spray that will not harm the ground water or your soil. Put some isopropyl alcohol in a spray bottle and spray the weeds away, within a few hours your weeds will begin to die.
Molasses used as a spray on tough weeds will get rid of them, but you might have to spray them 2 or 3 times but eventually they will wilt away.
The bark of the cinnamon tree will also kill weeds fast and will last for a very long time. There are even commercial products on the market using cinnamon bark as the active ingredient.
Clove oil will kill weeds if used in a 4% concentration, and you can find natural commercial weed killers that are made of clove oil on the market. Clove oil is non toxic but will also kill fungus and some bacteria too.
Pickling vinegar which is around 9 or10% acetic acid will kill weeds on contact. Fill a spray bottle with pickling vinegar and spray away… this is a good alternative to chemicals and it’s also very cost effective because pickling vinegar is very inexpensive. You can use 5% acetic acid too, but you will have to spray many more times, and it only works well if your weeds are in the sun.
Wintergreen oil mixed with vinegar and salt also does an excellent job of getting rid of weeds.
Fill a spray bottle with cinnamon oil, pickling vinegar, and clove oil and spray it on your weeds and in no time they will be gone.
One of the most common and inexpensive weed killers is vinegar, salt, and a little bit of dishwashing detergent mixed together, this works wonders and will do the trick in no time.
Orange oil with vinegar, molasses, and dish washing detergent does a wonderful job of getting rid of pesky weeds. And orange oil which you can buy as a degreasing agent works well straight out of the bottle for getting rid of weeds, and it breaks down naturally too.
Bleach, water, and detergent also works well, but be carful not to get this on your clothing.
Salt, yes just plain old table salt kill weeds and even prevents them from coming back. But salt will also cause buildup of sodium in the soil preventing even the plants you want to grow from sprouting and thriving over time. Salt can work well on driveway areas and other places where you don’t want anything to grow. Limit salt use as much as possible because salt can get down into the water supply.
Corn gluten meal spread on the ground is a great way to keep weeds from growing. It prevents weeds from sprouting and breaks down producing more nitrogen for the soil which is good for your plants.
Remember be careful when you spray anything that you don’t breathe it in, get it on your skin, in your eyes, or on plants you want to keep. Also spray on days when there is no wind so the spray won’t drift over to other plants.
Paul Haider – Master Herbalist