Weeds can be frustrating because they grow fast and seem to pop up overnight. Weeds are unhealthy for nearby plants because they consume water and nutrients, making it difficult for other plants to flourish in the area. Pulling weeds by hand is time-consuming if there are a lot of them. Under these circumstances, a homemade weed sprayer can easily help to remove weeds from the garden.
Use a basic spay bottle to make a homemade weed sprayer. These bottles come with a trigger pump attached to a plastic bottle. They can be purchased at local retailers or home and garden stores for as little as a dollar. The sprayer can be used to apply the homemade weed spray.
When preparing to make a homemade weed sprayer, boil water on top of the stove and empty it into the bottle. Next, add soap flakes to the bottle. Be sure not to use antibacterial soap or soap with bleach in it. Thoroughly rinse the bottle to rid it of detergent.
There are several weed killers that can be made from materials found at home such as salt, vinegar, soap and gin, bourbon, and citrus oil. The most common of these weed killers is vinegar because it's easily accessible and inexpensive.
Vinegar is used in weed sprays because it removes moisture from the weeds, which kills weeds. The strength of the acid in vinegar determines how quickly weeds are killed. Straight vinegar is more potent than a water-and-vinegar solution. Keep in mind vinegar has the potential to kill other plants and grass surrounding the weeds.
Liquid dish soap works as a weed killer because it removes the wax surface found on some weeds. Soap also helps keep the active ingredient on the weeds. Be aware that some soap can kill plants if used in large amounts. The benefit is that soap is easy to spot on the plants, making application easier.
Gin and bourbon are sometimes used as part of a homemade weed killer spray. However, there isn't much proof that it actually works. Citrus oil (as well as orange oil and lemon oil) are acidic. This is basically the same as vinegar but is more costly when used as a weed killer. Salt is another possible weed killer spray additive, but salt draws out moisture and may kill plants or surrounding grass.