I have a Crack and Weed Problemcomments (1) June 30th, 2013 in blogs
I keep seeing these Pins on Pinterest that suggest weed killing, in an organic and cheap fashion, is SO EASY that even a child can do it.
Sometimes the claims are sensational, or teases to just get you to their site-- I followed a link once that touted "The One Easy Thing You Need To Have A Weed-free Lawn!" and it was 300 words about how to go to the hardware sore and buy a jug of weed n' feed. I manure you not.
So, I have this driveway that needs to be sealed, it has a ton of cracks and weeds looooooooooooove it in those cracks. A normal, sensible person would hit them up with weed killer and go read a book. But I spend my time hand-weeding it because I am not so jazzed about chemicals killing stuff, any stuff, that near to where I lay my head. Ya dig?
So I tried 4 different cheap organic approaches and tested them for a week. And for kicks, I had my 2-year old do most the work. try that with your chemical weed killers!
The jury isn't in on all of them and as the results trickle in, I'll continue to post them in the comments of this post.
1. Vinegar, dumped on-- as a weed killer
2. Borax, diluted 1 TSP in a quart of water and sprayed-- as a weed killer
3. Baking Soda as a pre-emergent-- I weeded the crack and then filled it with baking soda hoping the claim of "it changes the pH so that the soil becomes inhabitable"
4. Corn meal as a pre-emergent-- Supposed to block all light from and up and comers
Check out the photos to see how it went...
posted in: Kiss My Aster, Garden humor, baking soda, corn meal, Borax, weed killer, vinegar
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Big, loud and fun, Amanda Thomsen landscapes by day and blogs at night. Her blog, Kiss My Aster, has alienated/enraptured dozens for at least 6 years.
She is the less popular half of the podcasting team, Good Enough Gardening, which makes her feel like the "Roy" of of Siegfried and Roy, but without the mauling. She lives in Chicago and does not EVER put ketchup on hot dogs.
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