Recently, I read an article on the 7 Deadly homemade weed killers. These sounded like a great organic way to control some of the weeds around my fences and gardens. I hate using commercial weedkillers as they are a pretty strong poision and they stay in the environment for so long.
I decided to test the weedkillers on some young and freshly emerged weeds. It is a good time to start as the days are hot and the leaves are just recently emerged so they are still tender. I am looking for 3 things with this experiment. I want something that is economical and something that works without a huge investment in time as well as having a minimum impact on the environment.
Because bleach is something that I have on hand, I decided to start with it. I mixed 3 parts of bleach with 1 part of water and a couple of drops of dish detergent as an emulsifier. This should allow the bleach to actually soak into the leaves and kill them.
I put this mixture in a spray bottle and sprayed the leaves liberally in the late morning. By sunset, I had noticed no difference in the plants. When I went out this morning to check, there were a few dead leaves and some that you could tell were curling around the edges. The rest looked as healthy as they had the day before.
I honestly expected more damage to the plants after 24 hours and 16 ounces of bleach. Apparently the majority of the damage was where the bleach dripped down onto the edge of the leaves. I could spray them again and wait another 24 hours but honestly I think I am going to try another one of the homemade weedkillers.
Have you had any luck with any of the homemade weed killers? I believe I am going to try the vinegar solution tomorrow and see whether my own mini version of acid rain has a better effect.