Ways to Make Homemade Weed Killer
Not everyone can make a homemade weed killer mainly because of the time it may take, some may want the cheap weed killer or one of the eco friendly weed killer.
Weed control is a critical part of keeping your garden healthy and looking good. Using homemade weed killer is an organic way of killing weeds without hurting the environment. Controlling weeds when they are small or preventing them from sprouting in the first place makes the job of weeding much easier.
How to make weed killer
Organic herbicides may not solve all your weed problems but they are useful in particular situations. You can make natural weed killer that is basically soap, vinegar, and salt. However, these ingredients are considered non-selective herbicides meaning if enough of the material gets on the plant, it will also be killed. Therefore, use with caution to avoid damaging the plants you wish to keep along with the weeds.
Vinegar and salt are two controls that should be used with care because they can sterilize the soil for months. Regular table salt controls many types of weeds while vinegar can make the soil too acid for a weed population.
When to apply weed killer
In some instances such as if you need to control weeds around desirable plants like vegetables, you would be better off hand weeding instead of using organic weed killer or chemical herbicide.
You will need to apply herbicidal soap more than once if you want to eliminate established annuals. Results are best when herbicidal soaps are applied in warm, dry weather. Perennials can grow back so many times that, unless you want to make weed killer every week, it is probably easier to cut out the weeds completely.
One approach is to pour vinegar in the soil, making it too acidic for weeds to grow. Another application is to pour salt on the soil and water it in, which kills the roots. For best results in either case, cut off or pull up as much of the weeds as you can before applying the homemade weed killer.
Since these substances have a drastic effect on the soil, they are appropriately used in areas where no food is grown. Otherwise, consider less toxic homemade weed killer like flaming, dousing with boiling water, or the old-fashioned way of pulling weeds by hand!
Weed Killer Tips
Clean up with herbicidal soap can be a useful tool in your weed control strategy if you keep a few pointers in mind:
* Herbicidal soap can harm or kill any foliage or non-woody stems it comes in contact with.
* Seedlings that lack good root systems are easiest to control. Do not expect good control on perennials.
* Wait 48 hours before planting in an area you have sprayed with homemade weed killer.
Herbicidal soap sprays work best on seedling weeds. They are formulated to break up the protective waxy covering on leaves, causing the weeds to dry up and die. The soap works on contact you should spray the entire weed thoroughly. It takes a few hours for the weed to begin turning brown.
If your garden bed has a serious weed problem, you may want to just start over in that area before applying homemade weed killer. Dig out any plants you wish to save and then use soil solarization to destroy weed seeds that are close to the surface. Solarize your garden site by laying a sheet of clear plastic over moistened ground when the weather is consistently clear and fairly hot.
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