Thursday, April 21, 2016
An Organic Weed Killer That Really Works!
I started seeing them pop up in the warm weather last week.
The thistle weeds that were five feet tall when we moved into the Fixer Upper House last summer? The very same thistle weeds that I spent tons of hours and back breaking work trying to eradicate last summer and fall?
Right back and happily growing in the garden beds where we carefully spread three inches of dark mulch last fall.
I wanted to cry.
My husband's first instinct is to reach for the Roundup. But I finally have birds visiting my garden now, along with bunnies and chipmunks and squirrels. And Jemma. Did I mention that she likes to eat the flowers off the dandelions? I can't spray pesticides willy nilly throughout the yard.
I did a little research on homemade organic weed killers. One popular recipe uses white vinegar, Dawn dish soap, and salt. But I knew that if I started spraying salt in my garden nothing would grow in that soil. I really like my flowers, and my hope is that I can add to the garden and crowd out the weeds one day.
Then I read another recipe that said to just use straight vinegar, and spray directly on the weed. I had a bottle of distilled white vinegar and an empty Febreeze bottle, so I thought I'd give this method a try.
Wow! An hour after application, and the thistle weeds were already shriveling up and browning! Hooray!
Safe for puppies, deadly for weeds. Vinegar, you are my new best friend!
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