Tradtionally, eliminating weeds required the application of toxic substances to lawns and gardens. They posed a significant health threat to pets and other wildlife, and a serious danger to the environment. Today, many non-toxic herbicides that utilize natural materials to eradicate weeds and other unwanted vegetation are available to gardeners. These environment-friendly organic products are safe for pets and wildlife, as well as nearby plants and shrubs.
St. Gabriel Burn Out II
St. Gabriel BurnOut II, also known as BurnOut Weed and Grass Killer, is a non-toxic, pet-safe herbicide. The natural active ingredients in BurnOut II are vinegar, lemon juice, clove oil and mineral oil. This natural herbicide does not accumulate in the soil or the environment, and 48 hours after application, soil PH levels return to normal. BurnOut II protects nearby plants because it doesn't travel through the soil, according to Planet Natural. BurnOut II eliminates annuals immediately, while perennials may require extra applications. Organic Material Review Institute certification for organic materials ensures that the product is fully organic, according to the Missouri Botanical Garden.
Lilly Miller Worryfree Organic Weed and Grass Killer
Lilly Miller Worryfree Organic Weed and Grass Killer is safe for domestic pets and wildlife. Its main ingredient, d-limonene, is a citrus oil extracted from orange rinds. Spray this quick-acting product directly onto weeds and grass. It effectively kills annual weeds and grasses, and is approved by the Organic Material Review Institute, according to the Missouri Botanic Gardens. Worryfree will not stain pavement or brickwork.
Concern Fast Acting Weed Killer
Concern Fast Acting Weed Killer contains potassium salts of fatty acids. This fast-acting natural herbicide works within hours to kill all types of weeds, including dandelion, stinkweed and thistle, as well as grass and moss. Spray this product directly onto unwanted weeds or grass. Concern Fast Acting Weed Killer does not spread through the soil, so adjacent plants remain healthy and safe, according to the Safer Brand. You can safely replant treated areas two days after applying this product.
Weed-a-Tak Organic Herbicide
Weed-a-Tak organic herbicide is a bio-degradable, non-toxic weed killer. It is also effective in killing unwanted grass and poison ivy. The natural active ingredients are citric acid, clove oil and cinnamon oil. Weed-a-tak injures the plant's root system, preventing it from retaining water, which results in plant phototoxicity, according to Planet Natural. Weed-a-tak works rapidly on contact; you can see results in approximately 30 minutes. Annuals require only one treatment, while perennials may require two to three applications.
Green Light Organic Spot Weeder
Green Light Organic Spot Weeder is a natural herbicide that quickly kills weeds and unwanted grasses. This 100 percent organic product is both pet and child friendly, and works best when the unwanted weeds are fully coated. Green Light's main active ingredient is 20 percent vinegar, a natural weed eliminator, which effectively eradicates more than 30 different types of weeds. This fast-acting weed killer typically produces results within 30 minutes, according to Yard Lover.