How to get rid of the pesky weeds growing in our rocks and patio is a question the plagues me every summer. But I think I’ve finally got an answer. Use Weed-Be-Gone, a safe & easy homemade weedkiller!
We avoid using any chemical weed killers or herbicides on our property because we’re concerned about the health issues they may contribute to.
In addition, we use organic products for raising our chickens, goats, honey bees, and garden produce. So, although chemical weedkillers tend to work well, I just avoid using them (everyone’s now learning about the issues with Roundup [glysophate] right?).
Weed-Be-Gone is a combination of three common household products that are considered safe and that can quickly be mixed to produce a weedkiller. The mixture can be sprayed on pesky weeds in the morning and by evening they should be gone. Warning: This mixture will kill whatever greenery you spray it on, so only use it on weeds that you want to eliminate. Don’t use it on your lawn, ornamentals, etc.
Weed-Be-Gone takes only three common household ingredients: distilled white vinegar, Dawn dishwashing liquid, and Epsom salts.
- Garden Sprayer
- 1 gallon Distilled White Vinegar
- 2 cups Epsom Salt
- 1/4 cup Dawn Dishwashing Soap (the blue original)
- Mix the three ingredients in the sprayer making sure the salt has dissolved.
- Spray it on weeds in the morning of a sunny day after the dew has evaporated. Walk away.
- Go back after dinner and the weeds will be shriveled or gone altogether.
The photograph below is of an area of river rocks that are along our driveway. This area tends to get lots of weeds that are difficult to remove. But it certainly doesn’t look very attractive with all the weeds!
These are the same rocks along the driveway after applying the weed-be-gone in the morning of a sunny day and then going back in the evening to see the results. Much better! Not every weed is completely gone but I’d let some of these weeks get pretty large. Another easy application of weed-be-gone and it should look great.
Here is a photograph of the patio area around our firepit. The weeds tend to grow in the cracks between the pavers and are a pain to remove manually.
Here’s the same firepit after allowing the weed-be-gone to work for a day. A lot easier and faster than pulling them out manually!
I need to sweep/hose the area off to get rid of the dead vegetation and another application would clean things up completely, but you get the idea.
It’s important to apply it on a sunny day after the dew has evaporated and you may need more than one application for larger, more established weeds. But, it’s so fast and easy I don’t mind doing a couple of applications at all.
So there, a safe, fast, and easy weedkiller that you can use at home! Another benefit, it’s very economical! Here’s another easy homemade glass cleaner recipe.