Lawn Weed Control: How to Get Rid of Weeds in Your Lawn

Team McFly Sep 08, 2023
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Table of Contents
  1. How to Get Rid of Those Pesky Weeds
    1. Introduction
    2. Boiling Water
    3. Vinegar
    4. Salt
    5. Herbicides

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How to Get Rid of Those Pesky Weeds

Introduction

Weeds can be an unwelcome visitor in any garden, draining vital nutrients away from plants you intend to cultivate and taking over valuable space. Be vigilant for invasive species like docks that might emerge and plan regular weeding sessions accordingly.

Annual weeds with shallow roots can easily be pulled by hand, while perennial ones like thistle and bindweed often have deep taproots, which must be eradicated using boiling water scalding. To effectively control these, try spraying boiling water over them to kill off their roots.

Boiling Water

Boiling Water

Boiling water may seem an unlikely solution for ridding your lawn of weeds, but it is one of the most effective strategies to eliminate weeds. So long as it doesn't harm grass or flowers by overusing this method, boiling water is cost-effective and eco-friendly; killing roots without chemical herbicides makes this strategy ideal.

Begin by identifying which weeds you want to pull and ensure they do not threaten any desirable plants. After mapping out the area, boil some water in a kettle or pot on your stove - wearing protective gear like oven mitts, gloves, and closed-toe shoes may prevent accidental burns!

Once the water has boiled, transfer it to your garden or front yard area with unwanted weeds. Slowly pour the hot, scalding water over them - be careful not to accidentally touch any other plants or grass! Repeat as necessary until weeds have died down completely; remember that perennial weeds with deep taproots often require multiple applications for permanent results.

This method offers several advantages over using toxic chemicals for weeding: no environmental hazards and no danger to children or pets are involved. plus, it's cost-effective and quick! However, like non-selective herbicides, repeated usage will deplete soil nutrients, possibly harming flowers or vegetables you want to grow over time if overdone.

When using this technique in areas with gravel or pavement, be careful not to spill boiling water, as this could damage these surfaces permanently. When used on sidewalks or driveways, return regularly until all weeds have died off completely - although this process might get messy, it will surely pay dividends!

Vinegar

Avoiding the headache of weeds altogether by installing a weed-proof membrane before adding gravel, slate, or bark chippings can help. Many garden centers and DIY stores sell such liners; a newspaper laid over its soil surface for raised garden beds may also prove successful.

Household vinegar has long been touted as a safe, convenient, and cost-effective herbicide solution - often stored in kitchen cupboards - yet its scientific evidence for efficacy as a weed killer remains limited. However, at household strength (5 percent acetic acid), vinegar burns and destroys the leaves of weeds without harming their roots; its acid dehydrates the cells within their leaves to kill weeds while leaving other plants and grasses unharmed.

Concentrations of vinegar up to 20 percent acetic acid are effective against broadleaf weeds such as thistles and horsetails. However, this could harm other desirable plants, such as roses and strawberries, so this method should only be used against persistent perennial weeds in open areas or flower beds.

Combine one gallon of vinegar, one cup of table salt, and a tablespoon of dish soap for an even more effective weed killer. The soap helps break down waxy or hairy weed surfaces to render them more vulnerable to the vinegar's attack; multiple applications will likely be needed as it could leave behind salt deposits that prevent other plants from growing there.

If you decide to use vinegar-based weed killer, be sure to select a spray bottle equipped with a nozzle that releases its solution as a stream rather than mist - this will allow for greater control over how much vinegar is being applied directly where needed rather than being spread by wind or rain elsewhere.

Make sure you use full-strength vinegar rather than store-bought varieties; lower concentrations will only kill the tops of weeds and not the roots - resulting in them returning quickly.

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Salt

Weeds can be an enormous burden and are far harder to kill than you imagine. Perennial weeds like dandelions have deep root systems that make eradicating them challenging; annual weeds such as chickweed, hairy bittercress, and bindweed may be easier but could still return if neglected properly.

One effective and nontoxic herbicide to get rid of pesky weeds is salt. Kitchen salt can be an efficient and nontoxic way to kill them - coarse kitchen and de-icing salt work effectively at only pennies more than commercial weed killers! However, be careful when applying this technique, as too much can leach into soil and damage its long-term health.

Salt works by dehydrating weeds. Depending on weather conditions and the size of the unwanted plant, this method takes at least ten days to absorb enough salt for its effective elimination. Salt works best against smaller weeds, while hardier varieties such as quack grass or ivy have underground rhizomes that can reemerge after being killed by salt.

Household vinegar can provide an effective alternative to salt. Similar to using hot water, the same method should be followed when applying vinegar - with the optional use of spray bottles or pump sprayers to be more precise with your application and avoid contamination of nearby plants. It's best to apply your solution on an overcast day. Otherwise, rain might wash it away before its full effects occur.

As an extra boost, adding baking soda as another tool in your arsenal can help eliminate those pesky weeds quickly and efficiently. First, wet the weeds before applying a sprinkle of powder to them - repeat this every four to six weeks to completely rid yourself of those pesky weeds! It can especially come in handy to prevent new ones from sprouting between paver stones.

Herbicides

Although not ideal, herbicides (weed killers) can effectively control weeds correctly. However, when treating large areas at once with herbicides, their use could endanger desirable plants or even runoff into nearby waterways and pollute creeks and streams if you spray too heavily. Herbicides work best when combined with nonchemical practices such as hand weeding, mulching, and good landscape design for healthy lawns that remain vibrant and competitive.

There are various classes of herbicides, each with its mode of action and suggested uses. For example, pre-emergent herbicides prevent weed seeds from germinating by blocking light or moisture; post-emergence herbicides kill any that have already emerged from the soil.

Glyphosate herbicide is an efficient broadleaf herbicide that targets the root system of weeds, making them easier to eradicate in agricultural and urban settings like parks, sports fields, and gardens. Although glyphosate may cause cancerous symptoms in humans, it should only be applied directly to weeds rather than surrounding plants or flowers.

Rather than resorting to chemicals to get rid of weeds, natural home remedies could prove more successful. For example, baking soda can be used as a foliar spray that will draw out moisture from weeds by spraying directly on their leaves; ensure you spray moderately to avoid harming any desirable plants with baking soda dust!

Boiling water can also be an effective home solution to kill weeds; simply pour a cupful directly over them for maximum impact. Repeat if necessary! Bleach can also be used, though beware as wearing protective clothing such as gloves is required when working with this chemical product.

For more long-term solutions, invest in a gas-powered flamer. These devices are commonly found at garden supply stores and will effectively burn weeds by emitting heat that damages their cell structures - it's fast, effective, and works against most forms of weeds!

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Table of Contents
  1. How to Get Rid of Those Pesky Weeds
    1. Introduction
    2. Boiling Water
    3. Vinegar
    4. Salt
    5. Herbicides

Disclosure:  Some of the links in this article may be affiliate links, which can provide compensation to me at no cost to you if you decide to purchase. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.