If I’m not fighting gophers, I am tackling weeds. Why couldn’t gophers eat weeds? There. Problem solved. Unfortunately, I don’t see that happening any time soon, so I will continue my quest for the perfect weed killer and gopher deterrent.
You can walk into any garden center or home improvement store and find long aisles of weed killer. However, many weed killers contain dangerous chemicals. Six national brands contain a chemical call glyphosate. If someone swallows glyphosate, you must call the Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222) immediately.
Why would I spray this chemical near food that we will consume? But what else could possibly kill weeds but still be safe for a family and pets?
Vinegar can be used as an herbicide. It is easy to use, easy on the wallet, and will not harm the environment.
Pour undiluted vinegar in a spray bottle and spit the weeds to saturate their leaves. Typically, the plant growth will wither and die within 6 to 48 hours. Young seedlings less than a couple weeks old will tend to be killed entirely on the first application. However, older weeds may need additional applications.
When you apply the vinegar to the weeds, be careful not to spray onto your seedlings or plants. Even though vinegar is a natural weed killer, it is non-selective and can harm other grasses and plants