Waging War Against the Weeds, Naturally.
We’ve had some beautiful spring weather here in PA this year. Just wet enough, warm enough and, many times, sunny enough to result in incredible growth of our plants and flowers. Unfortunately, the weeds have been doing quite well too. But before you wage a war on those weeds with chemical herbicides like Roundup or Weed-be-Gone, instead grab a big $2 bottle of white vinegar at the grocery store, pour it in a spray bottle mixed with a little bit of natural dish soap and water (specifically, 3 parts vinegar, 1 part water, a squirt of soap), and watch it make Roundup look pretty lame! I did a test of this formula on our own heavily-weedy gardens to prove to my doubting husband that it would work. Well, he is now a true believer. The weeds I sprayed died within 24 hours (mostly sunny, no rain, temp in the 70s).
One thing you must keep in mind if you use this natural formula is that it doesn’t discriminate – it will kill grass and other plants as well as the weeds, so be sure that you only spray what you actually want to kill!
I’ve included a few links to some interesting articles on the serious concerns regarding the chemical-based herbicides. Once again, just because it’s on the shelves doesn’t mean it’s good for us or for the environment!
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