Pet Safe Ways to Get Rid of Weeds

Many of the chemical weed killers are toxic to the environment and to our kids and pets, too. (Photo: Unsplash)

 

Terri Johnson, RE/MAX of Boulder

Terri Johnson, RE/MAX of Boulder

BOULDER–  Boulder County’s growing season is in full bloom – perfect for the plants we want in our garden. But it’s also perfect for weeds.

Many of the chemical weed killers are toxic to the environment and to our kids and pets, too. Our furry and young family members need a yard free of chemicals to roll around in. You don’t have to look farther than your kitchen for items that can do the trick. Here’s a helpful list, first published by Better Homes and Gardens.

Salt

Salt will kill weeds and any other vegetation, too. So only use salt where you don’t want anything at all to grow. Salt can be used in the cracks in sidewalks, driveways, and pathways to eliminate plant growth. Just be sure the water from the salted area doesn’t run off into an area where you want plants to grow.

Vinegar

Vinegar has acetic acid that draws moisture out of plants, which kills the plant. Vinegar will kill any plant, so be careful to apply only to weeds. It may take several applications to work. You can increase the effectiveness by adding one tablespoon of dish soap to one gallon of vinegar. The dish soap makes the vinegar stick to the plant so it can work more quickly.

Cornmeal

Before weeds emerge, sprinkle cornmeal around your landscaping to prevent weed growth. It keeps seeds from germinating so the weeds can’t get started.

Boiling water

Here’s a super environmental solution for targeted weed control: douse the weed with boiling water. It will wither and die. Meanwhile, the soil is hydrated. Tough weeds may require several applications of boiled water.

Mulch

Starve your weeds of sunlight. You can use all kinds of material to cover weeds so they don’t get the sunlight they need to survive. Mulch options include cardboard, shredded bark, leaves, evergreen needles, and rocks. As long as the material lets water through and keeps sunlight out, it can be used to maintain a weed-free area.

Pulling weeds by hand

Okay, pulling weeds is the one thing that gardeners want to avoid. But, if it’s needed in small areas, it’s not so bad. And it is a safe and effective method for getting rid of weeds without using toxins.

For the full list of how to make your yard beautifully weed-free and safe for your pets and family, visit: bhg.com/gardening/pests/insects-diseases-weeds/pet-friendly-weed-killer-281474979765644.

By Terri Johnson, RE/MAX of Boulder.  Realtor Terri Johnson is a Colorado native who was born in Denver and has over 35 years of real estate experience – and she’s an avid gardener! For questions contact Terri Johnson at 303.589.8180, e-mail terrij@boulderco.com or visit boulderco.com.