Homemade Weed Killer That Does Not Kill Grass
One of the biggest problems homeowners face with their lawns is weeds. Weeds grow fast, and sprout up among the grass, causing the lawn to become less appealing. Not only do weeds affect the look of your lawn, but they also rob your grass of important nutrients. You can get rid of your weed utilizing a home remedy. You just need to make sure that your home remedy will not kill your grass, but rather just the weeds.
Put on garden gloves before working with the corn gluten meal. Corn gluten meal will not harm grass in any way, but will keep weeds away.
Spread corn gluten meal over your lawn at a rate of 20 lbs. for every 1,000 square feet of space. Do this in the middle of April.
Water the area with your hose. Wet the corn gluten meal so that it is pushed down into the soil.
Wait for the corn gluten meal to dry. This means you want to choose a day to apply the corn gluten meal when no rain is expected.
Repeat these steps in mid-June and mid-September. No weeds will be able to germinate, leaving you with a lush green lawn.
Homemade Grass & Weed Killer
Unwanted plants create a hostile growing environment for desirable plants, causing them to compete for food, water and light. Commercial herbicides target weeds and grass, killing them with toxic and expensive chemicals. In order for the weed killer to be 80 to 100 percent effective, use 20 percent vinegar mix, according to the Oregon State Department of Agriculture. For a tougher weed and grass killer, combine 1 tablespoon of 20 percent vinegar, 1 tablespoon of gin, 1 quart of water and 1 teaspoon of dish soap. This mixture kills the above-ground and below-ground portions - including roots - of the weeds. Unfortunately, corn gluten meal won’t kill weeds or grass that have already sprouted and is used as a preventive measure against undesirable plants. However, these options will kill or damage any plant they come in contact with, so care must be taken to not allow it to come in contact with desirable plants. Sprinkling baking soda in driveway and sidewalk cracks will prevent weeds and grass from sprouting up from those crevices. A spray consisting of 1 cup of salt dissolved in 2 cups of boiling water will kill most plants it is applied to.
Boiling water, vinegar and salt are all excellent homemade weed killers. They will, however, also kill your grass. If you choose to use any of these ingredients, make sure you only allow them to touch the weeds you want to kill.
- Boiling water, vinegar and salt are all excellent homemade weed killers. They will, however, also kill your grass. If you choose to use any of these ingredients, make sure you only allow them to touch the weeds you want to kill.
- Corn gluten meal
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- Tip Nut: Homemade Weed Killer Recipes & Methods
- City of Ottawa: Weed Control Using Corn Gluten Meal
- Iowa State University Horticulture Guide: Nonchemical Alternatives for the Home Lawn
- Oregon State Department of Agriculture: Fact Sheet for Vinegar/Acetic Acid Recommendations
- University of Washington Botanic Gardens: Green Weed Management
- Reader's Digest: 11 Ways to Kill Garden Weeds
- University of Florida IFAS Extension: Home Remedies for Insect and Disease Control on Plants