Weeds can pop up in any garden, wreaking havoc and generally looking unsightly. Whether it’s on your lawn, between paving stones or in borders, tackling weeds can be a time-consuming task, and store-bought weedkillers can be costly.
Gardens are under attack from a wide range of weeds, from moss to ivy, dandelions to daisies.
Chickweed, bittercress and prickly milk thistle can all pop up where they are least wanted, and spread rapidly.
With pulling weeds by hand taking a long time and often being very strenuous, gardeners are turning to at-home recipes for killing off weeds.
Whether this involves salt, lemon juice or white vinegar, these methods are significantly cheaper than store-bought cleaners.
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Salt and white vinegar
While the traditional salt and vinegar combo goes on your fish and chips, swap malt vinegar for white vinegar and you have an effective weedkiller.
You will need
- A bucket
- Long-handled spoon
- Plastic spray bottle
- 1-gallon five percent acetic acid vinegar (standard white vinegar should work)
- Dishwashing liquid
- Table salt
First, mix the white vinegar and one cup of table salt into the bucket – and mix with a spoon.
Add two tablespoons of washing up liquid and mix well.
The washing up liquid makes sure the mixture sticks to the plants when sprayed on.
Using the funnel, pour the mixture into the spray bottle.
Spritz over your weeds, making sure to coat them well – both under and over the leaves.
Bear in mind this method will damage all plants so only use on areas you want to kill.