Natural Pest Control for Your Garden

Growing healthy vegetables and vigorous flowers and shrubs can be a challenge, especially when battling bugs and weeds. Here are some of my favorite options for battling garden pests.

Amanda Thomas
4-minute read
Episode #116

6. Weeds Growing in Driveway Cracks?

Boil some water and pour it over those pesky weeds popping up in the cracks of your sidewalks or driveways. Most weeds can't stand up to this treatment. If you’ve got some really stubborn weeds that regrow even after you’ve pulled them and used the boiling water treatment, a vinegar and salt mixture might be the way to go.  Here’s the recipe:

Homemade Weed Killer

In a large plastic jug combine:

  • 1 gallon of white vinegar (5 percent acidity)
  • 1 cup table salt
  • 1 tablespoon dishwashing liquid

Shake well. Funnel the weed killer into a plastic spray bottle.

Coat the weeds with the solution on a dry, sunny day. Any plants soaked will die within several days. They won’t be back, and nothing else will ever grow there.  Please note that this concoction will kill just about any plant it comes in contact with, so keep it away from your other plants, as well as your lawn.

Funnel any leftover weed killer into an empty plastic container. Cap it tightly. Label it clearly and store in a cool, dark spot indefinitely.

Bugs and weeds are the gardener’s worst enemies, but with these organic solutions, I hope to save you a few gardening headaches. If you’ve got other organic methods of controlling bugs and weeds in your yard, please share them by tweeting me @thedomesticceo.

Until next time, I'm the Domestic CEO, helping you love your home!

Spraying plants, growing weeds, slugs, and other images courtesy of Shutterstock..