About a week ago, my mom sent me the link to this article Homemade Weed Killers in Good House Keeping.
I have to say at first I was a little skeptical. How many of these things are going to actually work? However, other than old fashioned pulling I didn't believe any of them will work. Now, to be honest, other than pulling the weeds, I haven't tried but one other remedy from this list but I am interested to know how many of these work and am willing to try more as time goes on.
First, just so you know, my yard is a disaster. Will and I have worked on this yard for about 2 months now to get it nice. We have to mow it EVERY week. (Last week I mowed it and gave Will a day off from yard work. Nice of me, right?) We started with the sprinkler system that we have finally fixed and repaired and have operating at it's best capacity. We have eliminated some of the sprinkler heads and changed out some others for more water efficient heads and better coverage.
We also have a mole problem with LOTS of snails and grubs and bugs and stuff. We have tried all kinds of grub killers and snail killers but we did find a snail bait that works (Bayer Natria Snail and Slug Bait). However, you do have to remember to reapply it to kill the newborns after some time. But that's not what this note is about.
No matter what we have used to kill the weeds and feed the grass, it seems as though it has done quite the opposite. I always say the "Weed and Feed" stuff feeds the weeds and does nothing for the grass or kills the grass and everything else it touches except the weeds themselves. Go figure. So I am completely fed up with this yard! I've been manually pulling the weeds (as stated in #1 of the above mentioned article) every evening for the past week and every weekend while Will works on other parts of the yard (mowing, sprinklers, etc).
So I decided to try #2, boiling hot water. I really didn't think it would work but it did! I was amazed. I know the article says a couple of days but we are talking in 24 hours they were dead. Now, we did accidentally get some scalding hot water on the grass and it killed that too. But I LOVE that it kills the weeds and doesn't put any chemicals or toxins into the ground. I hope that it may actually promote grass growth.
Mom told me that they have tried #3, smothering them and it does work too. I personally have not tried it but remember, again, that these remedies for weeds cannot tell the difference between grass, weeds, plants or any other living thing in your yard.
I'm very interested in trying #4, salt for the cracks in the driveway and walkways (and maybe around the fence line). I know it says not to put it near concrete but I live in Florida and it rains daily right now so I'm not overly concerned about the concrete. If this does work, then it will work way better than Round-Up, which I tried and it absolutely didn't work.
This weekend, we are going to work on our flower beds, which right now aren't anything. Once we get a defined bed, we will try #5, divide and conquer. I have been unsure as to what I want to use to delineate the flowers from the yard and Will says once we get the yard under control then I can add pretty solar lights and maybe a bird bath to our "garden". I'd add bird feeder but they are so great at eating the worms and grubs so until the mole is gone, no feeders for us. Any suggestions on what to use to define a flower bed are greatly appreciated.
#6, outnumber them. That's what I'm trying to do!!!!!!!! With all the pulling and boiling hot water. Can't you see? The weeds have CONSUMED our yard. I'm about halfway through with weeding the parts that are mostly weeds. We now have these nice dirt patches in our yard instead of green foliage. Fortunately, again this is Florida and my favorite grass (St. Augustine) grows like crazy this time of year so I'm hoping it fills in before the weeds return. We also have spots in the midst of the bits of lush grass we have that have weeds and I've been slowly working on pulling those too.
#7, we don't own Vinegar but the weeds are the long taproot kind. I pulled one with a root that went from the ground to my waist! I'd be interested in trying this one out as well but I want to be sure it isn't going to inhibit grass growth.
#8, eat them. This one makes me laugh because they say you can eat them and then say, "when in doubt don't eat them because most plants are poisonous." LOL! Then why suggest even eating them? I'll pass on eating anything out of my own yard for now.
#9, live with them. Umm... no thanks. 'nuff said.
Now, one thing you should know: I do NOT have a green thumb. Let me repeat, I DO NOT have a green thumb. I pretty much kill everything I touch. For some reason though our yard loves us and almost everything we have planted is living still (so far). We have even transplanted things and they are living too. Now, we did plant a tree (named Tree-dil-dee) that has since passed and still is in our yard and we transplanted some 30 year old box wood shrubs of which 2 of the 3 are surviving. I guess there is still some hope for our yard after all. It is just time consuming and it's the middle of the summer making it miserable to work outside. Of course the weeds don't show up in the fall and winter times around here when I WANT to be outside.
So, thanks mom for the article because some of these really do work. I hope this has helped others with weed problems and who want to try and be as environmentally conscious as possible, like me.
About Valerie Baker, is the Assistant Editor of Southeast Green. Valerie started working in Real Estate in January 2007 and is a graduate of Florida International University with a Bachelors of Science in Advertising and a minor in Psychology. She love music, photography, movies, cars, traveling and singing. Valerie enjoys trying new things which is why she has joined Southeast Green. While things are slow in the Real Estate Markets Valerie will be assisting in keeping the website up to date.