Killing weeds naturally is the best thing you can do for your lawns and the environment. Harsh chemicals found in RoundUp and similar products are extremely toxic to your soil. But they are super effective and kill weeds in hours.
Research indicates that vinegar does kill weeds when used properly. But it’s important to find the right ratio or formula is key. Below is a tried and true method to create your own natural vinegar-based weed killer that you can use in your own yards.
My Perfect Formula for Vinegar Based Weed Killer
Half-gallon recipe. For best results use a sprayer with a pump.
- 2 Qt of a 30% based vinegar product such as Shine
- 3 Tablespoons of Salt (Table, or Rock Salt)
- 1 Tablespoon of Dish Soap (most any brand will do)
Give it a few good shakes in the sprayer before using. The reason you use dish soap is so that the vinegar will stick better to the leaves and be more effective.
Tips For Application
Note, this formula is not selective so whatever you spray it on will be affected. So keep that in mind when deciding what weeds you want to kill. Don’t go spraying in the middle of the yard or try to do spot spraying since you will have brown spots wherever you spray. I personally use this in playground areas for the most part.
Simply, swipe with the sprayer over the weeds you want to get rid of to give them a good application of the magic juice. No need to over-apply this product.
Spray on sunny, dry days for the fastest and best result. If you spray after rain then it will be diluted and not be as effective on the weeds. If you spray when it’s warm and dry then you should expect to see results within 24 hours. At that time, you can simply pull out the weeds or just leave them. Your choice.
Check out this video to see it in action on crabgrass in a play area.
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Hi, Alex Kuritz here. Growing up I remember that my family had one of the best lawns in the neighborhood. Richly green and lush. I did a lot as I grew up in terms of caring and tending for not only my family’s lawn but also my neighbors. I can say I have years of experience, and I am here to share it with you.