When it comes to creating a beautiful garden for yourself, you will be amazed by the kind of natural ways in which your garden will be getting that definite boost. Did you know that many common weeds can be either food, medicine, or unwanted visitors to the garden, depending on the varieties and how you view them. But if you’ve eaten all of the edible weeds, and you still need to get rid of stubborn plants in your yard, it’s far better for you, your soil, and your local waterways to choose a more environmentally friendly herbicide than those commonly found in the home and garden center. It is known that there are strong chemical herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides that can pollute our drinking water, our groundwater, and surface water. But here’s the thing- you can avoid these long-term negative effects by choosing a gentler herbicide, which won’t contribute to the larger issue of water contamination. These options may be safer for other organisms and wildlife as well.The most environmentally friendly way to get rid of weeds is to pull them up, dig out the roots, let them dry in the sun, and then add them to a compost or mulch pile. However, that method can also take quite a bit of time, so if you’re looking for a quicker way to effectively get rid of weeds, homemade herbicides might be the way to go.It plays a really essential role in keeping your garden standing strong. Now let me share with you a basic way of creating your own herbicide which keeps the garden looking incredibly strong and no harm can come to it in any way.
This homemade herbicide is by far the simplest to prepare, and unless you happen to spill boiling water on yourself—please don’t do that—is also the least harmful to both people and the environment. Simply bring a big pot of water to boil on your stove, then pour it over the leaves and stems of the weeds you wish to get rid of. Using boiling water is an effective method for killing weeds in places such as sidewalk or driveway cracks, or over a larger area that you’d like to replant after the weeds are gone, as it doesn’t leave any residue or have any harmful long-term effects.
Next comes the application of direct heat to the foliage of weeds will cause the plants to immediately wilt, and repeated applications will kill any leaves that may resprout from the roots. A flame-weeder tool is available from home and garden stores, which allows you to apply flame and heat directly to the weeds without catching the whole neighborhood on fire. Common table salt is an effective herbicide. Because salt can have a detrimental effect on the soil, it’s important to only apply it directly to the leaves of the weeds and not soak the soil, especially in garden beds with other, more desirable, plants. You will dissolve 1 part salt in 8 parts hot water. (It can be made stronger with up to 1 part salt to 3 parts water.) Add a small amount of liquid dish soap, which helps the mixture adhere to the leaf surfaces. Pour the solution into a spray bottle. To apply, spray the leaves of the weeds, making sure to cover or tie back any nearby plants you don’t want to kill.