Use natural weed killer

If you feel the weeds in your garden are getting out of control, don’t grab the first spray of poisonous weed killer you can find. Here are three ways you can kills weeds without contaminating the soil, our ground water, and poisoning other living creatures:

1. Boiling water

If you do this in the middle of the day while it’s sunny, you are least likely to harm any mini beasts such as snails, woodlice, slugs, beetles, and other little creatures, because they will (mostly) be resting in dark shady places during the day. Boil the kettle, pour boiling water straight onto weeds. Done.

TIP: this won’t make the weeds go away straight away. You will have to repeat it a few times.

TIP: if you’re finished boiling potatoes, pasta, or veggies – why not use that boiling water for your weed killing spree?

2. Vinegar and salt

Get a plant spray or any other container you have lying around, and make a mixture of pain old white vinegar (malt vinegar) you can get from any shop, add a few scoops of salt (any salt), mixx with water and a tiny bit of washing up liquid, which helps it stick to the leaves of your weeds. Give it all a good stir or shake, and spray/dab on the leaves of the weeds.

TIP: best result if you repeat now and then

3. Pull out the weeds

The most tedious and time consuming method, but if you are keen not to hurt any living creatures (boiling water, salt and vinegar are as close to eco friendly as we can get, but snails, slugs and others can still be hurt by these methods) you will literally have to sit in your weedy patch and pull each weed out one by one…

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Top left – the start of the trial. The weeds on the left were sprayed with the salt and vinegar mixture, the weeds of the right were sprinkled with boiling water. Going clockwise – weeds starting to die on the salt and vinegar side; boiling water treatment catching up with salt and vinegar; two weeks later and both methods appear equally effective, although both need to be repeated to ensure full removal of weeds.

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