My yard is "organic", meaning I avoid using petroleum-based pesticides and herbicides and other toxic stuff.
I don't like pulling weeds out of cracks in the pavement, be it those lousy pink pavers, or the antique concrete driveway. (It used to have a strip of grass down the middle. I'd like it better if it still did!)
My brothers are big fans of Roundup, which I understand is made of things that can cause cancer, etc. A horticulture expert I know says that it breaks down over time, (my brother's justification for using it), but nobody knows exactly what it breaks down into!
A little web searching turned up various recipes. This is my variation. See the before and after photos below.
- (I'm told that Roundup is cheaper by the gallon, but at what cost to the environment?)
Step 1: Rob the kitchen...
If you don't have a gallon of white vinegar, most grocery stores carry it; even the Dollar, 99 cent, etc. stores usually have it for, well, a dollar, a Euro, etc.
The shopping list:
- 1 gallon (about 3.8 litres) of white vinegar
- 1 cup (?, 2 big hands full ;-) of table salt. Don't use fancy sea salt, or risk punishment from the head chef!!
- 2 Tablespoons of dishwashing liquid. The kind used for hand washing dishes. (Not the the kind you put in dish washing machines.)
- A sprayer, like the yellow one here. Or a smaller, trigger-pump bottle.
- A permanent marker, for labeling the brew.
Optional: About 2 ounces of rubbing alcohol. (not shown)