Weeds are the constant bane of every gardener. Fast growing and even quicker to produce seeds, one weed can quickly lead to an entire garden takeover. Believe it or not, most weeds are actually caused by an alkaline soil pH. To kill and prevent weeds, the primary goal is to eliminate existing weeds before the seeding process, and prevent further weeds from sprouting by making a pH acidic fertilizer. Thankfully, a powerful fertilizer can be created with some simple household ingredients.
Killing Existing Weeds
Combine 1 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of gin in a hose attachment spray bottle.
Attach the spray bottle to the hose. Verify that the nozzle is firmly attached.
Spray the entire garden heavily with the mixture. Refill as necessary and repeat this routine every month for a weed-free garden.
Supplementing the Soil
Heat 2 cups of water in the microwave until boiling.
Place 1/2 cup of coffee grounds in the water. Allow the mixture to sit overnight.
Pour the coffee and water mixture throughout the garden and into the soil the next morning. Repeat this supplementation annually to keep a slightly acidic soil pH and prevent future weeds.
About this Author
Ann White is a freelance journalist with prior experience as a Corporate and Business Attorney and Family Law Mediator. She has written for multiple university newspapers and has published over 300 articles for publishers such as EHow and Garden Guides. White earned her Juris Doctor from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in English literature.