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Eco-Friendly Ways to Kill Weeds

4 Eco-Friendly Ways to Kill Weeds

If your backyard is beginning to look like a wilderness campground, it may be time to get rid of the weeds. Instead of spending hours "weeding," just hit 'em where it hurts and actually kill your weeds. You don't need a toxic chemical spray to do this; there are four easy, eco-friendly ways to say au revoir to that unwelcome greenery.

  1. Take a pitcher of hot water and pour it all over the plants you want to kill, and it will basically boil the weeds to death.
  2. If you've got a more expansive area to deal with — say you're planting a garden bed in an area that was once all weed growth — cover the grass with a thick tarp, shopping bags, or even a canvas dropcloth. This will prevent the plants from getting the access to the sun that they need, so they will eventually die.
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  4. You can also douse your weeds with lemon juice and they'll shrivel with a day or two.
  5. If hot water and lemon juice aren't a feasible option, you can pour cheap white vinegar over your weeds. The acidic liquid will send 'em to the graveyard.
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