If you are looking for ways to control the growth of weeds in your garden and patio area, you can choose to purchase off the shelf chemicals, or you can pursue a more environmentally friendly, natural solution. Here are some natural tricks for removing weeds, all of which require only the use of common kitchen supplies.
Applying table salt to the soil around each plant is a very reliable way to kill weeds. You only need a small amount, a fraction of a teaspoon. Sprinkle it at the base of each weed, and the salt will draw out all the moisture from the plant by osmosis, starving it of its nutrients until it dies.
The disadvantage of using salt is that it will affect any type of vegetation. Once it is in the soil, other plants nearby will suffer as well. The best place to use a salt solution is in areas where you do not plan on growing other plants, such as in the gaps between paving slabs or on a graveled yard area.
Boiling water kills weeds by scalding the leaves and shoots. The heat from the water turns the plants brown and they immediately shrivel up and die, making it easier to pull them out by the roots. Boil some water and pour it directly on the weeds, being careful not to scald yourself.
Using boiling water is not a long term solution for weed control, and works best for very small areas. Like salt, it affects the growth of other plants as well, in this case removing micro-organisms from the soil that are needed to help your own plants flourish. So just as with table salt, the best places to use boiling water are in areas where you are not planning to plant flowers or vegetables.
White Wine Vinegar
Vinegar kills weeds because its active ingredient is a powerful acid. Spraying a vinegar solution on weeds will starve them of moisture and turn them brown within a few days. Once the weeds begin to shrivel up and die, you can pull them out of the ground completely.
These three affordable remedies are all effective ways to get rid of weeds. As these solutions can affect the soil and the plants that you are actually trying to cultivate, the best places to apply them are in areas where you do not anticipate growing other plants rather than in the lawn and garden.