Intro: Natural and CHEAP Weed Control
I made this instructable to provide a option for people to move away from damaging chemical herbicide that destroy our environment everyday. This instructable shows how to make 3 natural, cheap, organic, and simple herbicides made from ingredients readily available at home and also CHEAP. This is a instructable entry for the Get In the Garden Contest.
Step 1: A Shot of Vinegar
If you are tired of hand pulling of broad-leaved weeds(such as dandelions, Plantains, henbits, and Mulleins). Here is a cheap easy solution to your problem
Ingredients and Supplies:
pump spray bottle
1. Fill the spray bottle with vinegar(or mix 3 parts vinegar to one part dishwashing liquid)
2. Spray in narrow stream
3.Rinse sprayer well after done
TIP: Don't get carried away with this method (repeated applications will acidify the soil)
Step 2: Weeds in Hot Water
Don't you hate scratching and pulling weeds from side or driveway cracks? You can use boiling water to kill these annoying weeds natural, safe, and for cheap. Boiling water kills any plant or seed it touches. This hot water kills any weed seeds it touches!
1. Boil a kettle full of water
2. Pour slowly and carefully, wetting both the weeds and the soil surrounding them.
3. It is as SIMPLE as that
Tip: Leave the cold dead body of the weeds as a deterrent ( mulch) and it'll discourage germination of more weed seeds.
Step 3: Alcohol Attack
Now what can you do with rubbing alcohol? You know what it does it KILLS WEEDS! It's cheap, easy to get, and natural and very effective at killing weeds believe it or not.
Ingredients and Supplies
1 quart water
1 (or more) tablespoons of rubbing alcoho
Measuring cup (1 Quart)
1Mix water and alcohol in the spray bottle (Use 1 tablespoon of alcohol for weed seedlings or thin-leaved weeds and 2 tablespoons or more for tougher weeds).
2. Spray weed leaves thoroughly but lightly (Avoid misting surrounding desirable plants).
Tip: It takes 5 tablespoons of alcohol in a quart of water to wipe out poison ivy for example, and experiment to see how many tablespoons it takes to kill your weeds.
Step 4: Conclusion
These weed killers not only are cheap and effective but are safe to use and don't destroy the environment.
1. Have farm workers slowly die from inhaling herbicides
2. They don't make you have skin rashes
3. Contaminate our drinking water
4. Make you have headaches
5. Or kill little eagle baby's