Weeds growing in cracks or expansion joints in pavement or stone patios can be a pain. But dealing with them is as easy as making a cup of tea. In fact, it’s even easier than that.
Grab a tea kettle. Fill it with water. Boil the water. Pour the water on the weeds.
The boiling water will immediately destroy the cells of the weeds, which will be gone by morning. For really persistent weeds (dandelions, grassy weeds, etc.), add a tablespoon or two of salt to the water before boiling, or an equivalent amount of vinegar.
Don’t use this stuff on weeds in the lawn or in flower beds. The boiling water will also kill beneficial critters in the soil, vinegar will destroy any surrounding plants it comes in contact with (vinegar is a natural herbicide), and salt is toxic to plants.
THIS WEEK’S TIP
May 1st 2009
CONTROL WEEDS WITH WATER
I go crazy whenever I see the commercial for a hugely popular herbicide that features two guys standing in their driveway staring first at a single, solitary weed growing in a crack, then at each other, as if to issue a challenge that says “My synthetic chemical works better than yours!”
I mean hey, why not just pull the weed? How hard is that?