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Thu Jul 10, 2014, 02:29 PM

Question....do you think that a home weed kill remedy is better then Round Up?

It's made of 1 gallon vinegar, 1/4 cup blue dawn dish soap and 2 cups of Epsom salt. I live next to the Mississippi River and try to use only earth friendly products......so is this home made remedy better then round up? Just started using it, and it seems to be doing the trick,weeds are shriveling up, but wonder about Epsom salt. I'm hoping my remedy is much, much better then using round up.

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Reply Question....do you think that a home weed kill remedy is better then Round Up? (Original post)
a kennedy Jul 2014 OP
Tuesday Afternoon Jul 2014 #1
MindMover Jul 2014 #2
CurtEastPoint Jul 2014 #3
a kennedy Jul 2014 #6
Mr.Bill Jul 2014 #4
a kennedy Jul 2014 #5
hlthe2b Jul 2014 #7
a kennedy Jul 2014 #9
littlemissmartypants Jul 2014 #8
N_E_1 for Tennis Jul 2014 #10
a kennedy Jul 2014 #11
TygrBright Jul 2014 #12
sendero Jul 2014 #13
The Velveteen Ocelot Jul 2014 #14
a kennedy Jul 2014 #15
NJCher Jul 2014 #16

Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Thu Jul 10, 2014, 02:31 PM

1. Better for the Planet? Hell, Yes. I hate Round-Up.

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Thu Jul 10, 2014, 02:40 PM

2. Absolutely better and thank you very much for being environmentally friendly ...nt

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Thu Jul 10, 2014, 02:42 PM

3. I made this same solution last week (minus Epsom...do I need it?) and they are shriveling.

Damn crab grass. Damn Monsanto. Damn Roundup.

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Response to CurtEastPoint (Reply #3)

Thu Jul 10, 2014, 02:50 PM

6. Don't know if Epsom is REQUIRED, was just in my concoction.

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Thu Jul 10, 2014, 02:45 PM

4. Better? Yes.

Cheaper, too.

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Response to Mr.Bill (Reply #4)

Thu Jul 10, 2014, 02:48 PM

5. *nodding*

Got that right, whew, round up is expensive......

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Thu Jul 10, 2014, 02:53 PM

7. Epsom salts is just magnesium sulfate and is actually a fertilizer (in the right amounts) for plants

Vinegar alone kills weeds, dawn just helps it "stick".... As others here, I'm not quite sure you need the epsom salts but it shouldn't hurt.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #7)

Thu Jul 10, 2014, 03:14 PM

9. Thank you, next batch won't have the epsom salt.....

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Thu Jul 10, 2014, 02:56 PM

8. Vinegar is my go to...

Round up is the devil's party drink.

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Thu Jul 10, 2014, 03:20 PM

10. Straight white vinegar ...

Spray it on very heavy on a sunny day. Make sure the sun is on the weed for at lest four hours. You will have to reapply but it's all natural. Never used it (vinegar) with anything else mixed in.
Remember tho, vinegar is a herbicide. It will kill all types of growth. Aim well.

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Response to N_E_1 for Tennis (Reply #10)

Thu Jul 10, 2014, 03:25 PM

11. So don't use it with the dawn?

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Thu Jul 10, 2014, 03:48 PM

12. The vinegar will kill herbaceous growth, the Dawn will discourage various insects.

Not sure what the Epsom salts are supposed to do.

The one thing you have to be careful of is soil pH.

Vinegar applied too much, too often, may make the soil too acid for some plants, especially those in the carnation family, and rock garden plants.

Vinegar in high concentration (10% or more) is very toxic and very powerful. Be careful, wear protective gear.

helpfully,
Bright

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Thu Jul 10, 2014, 04:28 PM

13. If your soil is poor in magnesium..

.... the epsom salt will actually help. We have found that some of our garden vegetables respond well to it!

The dish soap, not so much

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #14)

Thu Jul 10, 2014, 08:29 PM

15. This a great article.....

Thank you.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #14)

Fri Jul 11, 2014, 09:36 AM

16. seems like a good article

but it doesn't seem like the writer is up to date on the latest findings with Roundup (glyphosate). That stuff is scary. More and more comes out each day. It is not safe for humans or the environment.

It would be a cold day in hell before I'd use it. Besides health and safety, I also have no desire to make Monsanto even richer.

This just came out the other day. It is about how it causes kidney disease:

http://truth-out.org/news/item/24876-monsantos-herbicide-linked-to-fatal-kidney-disease-epidemic-will-ckdu-topple-monsanto#14050891884621&action=collapse_widget&id=2811367

Just do a Google news search under "roundup glyphosate" for further horrification.

My current solution for weeds is not the most environmentally friendly but being overwhelmed with house, work, trustee duties, etc., it's all I can do: weedwacker. I'm very careful to never let weeds go to seed and I just wack 'em when they raise their ugly little heads.

I think an ideal way would be to wack 'em down and then apply your home recipe so you have less foliage to spray. I may try that.

I used to hate noisy lawn equipment and I still won't use a leaf blower but my lawnmower is used once a month and my weedwacker once every two weeks, which I do not consider too bad.

I can get away with this because I've eliminated most lawn and I do a lot of mulching.



Cher

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