How To Kill Off Weeds in 3 Steps

Posted on Feb 28, 2017 6:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

 How To Kill Off Weeds in 3 Steps | The Experienced Gardener

Sometimes, there’s nothing more frustrating than working hard on your lawn and garden, only to have it overrun with weeds. They spring up faster than you can kill them, taking over your garden, your lawn, and because you have to spend so much time pulling them, your weekend.


It would be great if there were some way to eradicate weeds once and for all. Unfortunately, killing weeds can be a chore, and no one wants to keep pulling the same unwanted plants.


When you’re tired of the never-ending cycle that unwanted plants present to your outdoor life, try these steps for getting rid of them.

Step 1. Invest in a weed killer

If you want to eradicate weeds, it may be time to pull out the big guns. By that, we mean attack your sprouting enemies with weed killer. When it comes to weed killer, there are two routes you can go. Commercial, or DIY.

If you’re not too good with making things yourself, and can safely spray poisonous liquids around your yard without harming your pets or kids, consider one of the many commercial weed killers around. Be sure to use commercial sprays only as directed on the package.


If you prefer the DIY and natural route, you can make an efficient killer on your own. Combine a few simple household ingredients into a bucket and spray.


Here’s what you need:

  • A large (2 or 3 gallon) bucket.
  • 1 gallon of white vinegar.
  • 1 cup of table salt.
  • 1 tablespoon of liquid dishwashing soap.


What to do:

  1. Mix thoroughly.
  2. With a funnel, carefully pour the mix into a plastic spray bottle.
  3. Drench the weeds with the solution.
  4. After a few days, the weeds will be dead, and you can remove them, for the last time, from your garden.


Tips: only use this mixture on weeds.

Don’t use on grass or soil as nothing will grow where you spray the mix.

Be sure to apply the solution on a dry, sunny day.

If you want other plants to grow where the weeds were, don't add the salt to the mix. Only use vinegar and soap to spray the weeds.

Step 2. Maintain your lawn

When you mow your lawn, be sure not to mow it too low. It may be tempting to keep your grass super short, but a lawn with short grass can encourage weed growth. That’s because more sunlight can reach the weed sprouts, leaving them room to grow with your grass. When you mow your lawn, set the mower to the highest setting. Keeping your lawn tall and dense will also keep seeds from getting close to the ground and germinating.

Step 3. Prevent future creepers

Preventing weeds seems like a pipe dream. However, that’s not always the case. If you use black plastic sheeting over a 4-inch layer of mulch, you’re well on your way to having a weed-free area.


If you’ve come this far, you’re well on your way to enjoying a weed-free spring and summer this year. What tricks have you found that help with controlling weeds?

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