As I mentioned in my flowerbed makeover blog post, we recently overhauled all the flower beds in the yard of the home we purchased last summer. We raked out all of the pine straw mulch, lined the beds with weed fabric and added wood mulch. It was a LOT of work. So you can imagine my frustration when I recently saw the insane amount of weeds growing in the mulch in our backyard recently. I knew it was time for my go-to homemade weed killer and I wanted to share it with you today.
(can you believe all those weeds???)
I’m not a huge fan of weeding (who is?) but when you mulch properly it’s not usually too hard to keep up with. Or so I thought. We have this mystery week growing in the actual mulch layer of our backyard on top of the landscape fabric. It’s super hard to pull out and spreads very fast so I knew there was no way I was going to be able to keep up with it manually. Luckily homemade weed killer is beyond easy to make!
How to Make Homemade Weed Killer
Killing weeds is as easy as two ingredients you probably already have in your cabinet:
- white vinegar
- blue Dawn dish soap
Simply mix two cups of white vinegar with two tablespoons of Dawn dish soap and shake well in a spray bottle. Spray on the weeds preferably on a sunny day. Be careful to spray on the weeds only, don’t get it on your good plants!
Check out the difference in only one day!
I also use this on weeds that pop up in the pavement cracks as well. If you catch them early you hardly have to pull them at all.
How do you try to control weeds in your yard?