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How to Get Rid of Weeds Naturally

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Overview

Many varieties of weeds act as a disease that spreads throughout your lawn, and simply mowing the weeds will not solve the problem. Applying weed killer to the weeds in early spring may be an option, but there are also several natural solutions. If you resort to using chemicals, carefully read the label to make sure the weed killer will not disrupt the rest of your grass. One of your best options to get rid of the weeds if to mow and pull out the weeds, followed by using a homemade, post-emergent weed killer. This method will help prevent the weeds from growing back without having to worry about spraying and killing the weeds first.

Step 1

Mow and maintain your yard to prevent weeds from growing. For example, let your grass grow tall enough to cover the area where the weeds could grow. The shade that the grass provides will hinder the growth of the weeds.

Step 2

Treat your soil so that it is healthy and fertilized. If your soil is too dry, wet or compacted, it can be a desirable place for weeds. Pay particularly close attention your soil after you mow the tall grass.

Step 3

By hand, pull out any weeds that were not eliminated or quickly grew back before spraying the area with a natural weed killer. It's important to have the weeds pulled out since the natural, post-emergent weed killer will prevent more weeds from growing back. You may also want to mark the area where the weeds are with small flags or spray paint.

Step 4

Add one gallon of white vinegar, one cup of table salt and one tablespoon of liquid dish soap to a bucket and stir the mixture. Make sure that the salt is fully dissolved before continuing.

Step 5

Pour the mixture into a spray bottle or weed sprayer. Spray directly on the area of the weeds and don't spray the mixture on any areas of grass or plants. You can also apply the solution to a cloth and rub the area if you're worried that the solution might be too close to plants or grass.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 gallon white vinegar
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon liquid dish soap

References

  • Weed Control
  • Ways To Control Lawn Weeds
  • Homemade Weed Killer
Keywords: get rid of weeds naturally, organic weed killer, lawn maintenance

About this Author

Greg Lindberg is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in creative writing. His professional writing experience includes three years of technical writing for an agriculture IT department and a major pharmaceutical company, as well as four years as staff writer for a music and film webzine.