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#1 Frau Farbissina

Posted 02 December 2012 - 05:41 PM

I have a garden which is basically almost entirely either paved or pebbled. The weeds have gone haywire and I cannot keep up with pulling them out. It's as though the more I remove them the more they grow.

We are planning on replacing the paving with grass in the near future. So with this in mind, plus the fact that my kids are out there everyday, I am hoping to avoid using a chemical weed remover.

I have read that pouring either boiling water or using vinegar on the weeds is effective. Has anyone tried this and does it work? TIA

#2 neddyteddy

Posted 02 December 2012 - 05:45 PM

I use boiling water on weeds original.gif

#3 Jekaho

Posted 02 December 2012 - 05:46 PM

I've started doing boiling water for pavers and have done vinegar a couple of times. Depends on the weed (nothing kills Wandering Jew, thank you neighbouring property  mad.gif ). Some weeds do tend to come back, but you can see the boiling water take effect straight away mostly. Worth a shot - at least to get rid of some and help you get on top of it?

I prefer to avoid Zeroing everything these days. But it sure does work that way!

#4 geckogirl

Posted 02 December 2012 - 05:47 PM

I've had some success with a combination of vinegar, water and some detergent. Apparently the detergent helps it to stick to the leaves.

#5 FeralZombieMum

Posted 02 December 2012 - 06:06 PM

Try the boiling water - although it works best in the morning if they are covered in frost, which you might have trouble with at this time of year. wink.gif

You could cover them in a sheet of black plastic for a couple of weeks, then take the plastic off on a hot day and let the sun burn them.
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Under the plastic, without sunlight, plants are unable to produce chlorophyll (green pigment). Chlorophyll also protects plants from UV rays. Choosing a hot sunny day, strip off the plastic. Without chlorophyll the plants are unprotected and get sun-burnt, killing them.

http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s73611.htm

Although black plastic isn't really an environmentally friendly solution though - so maybe use newspaper instead.

#6 FeralLIfeHacker

Posted 02 December 2012 - 06:11 PM

Vinegar and boiling water is all we use.

#7 Kitty Fantastico

Posted 02 December 2012 - 06:18 PM

Yep. Vinegar or boiling water. If you have a steam cleaner, spraying weeds with the steam will apparently kill them too.

#8 littlesticky

Posted 02 December 2012 - 06:22 PM

We use salt and boiling water. Works well

#9 kadoodle

Posted 02 December 2012 - 06:45 PM

I have some guinea pigs you could borrow, they've sorted my weeds out no problem

#10 *LucyE*

Posted 02 December 2012 - 08:01 PM

Boiling water during the heat of the day should kill most smaller weeds.

I avoid salt or vinegar for areas I want to grow other plants in future. It stays in the soil and for it to be enough to kill the weed, it will kill or stunt other more desirable plants.

You could try one of those flame tamer things. It's basically a gas bottle attached to a metal stick with fire at the end of it. You can change the amount of gas for the size/heat output. I find it not hot enough to kill the weed roots (unlike boiling water on a hot day) but if you continually singe the tops, it won't be able to survive similar to the black plastic theory. It's dangerous but fun.

#11 Frau Farbissina

Posted 02 December 2012 - 08:20 PM

thank you everyone for your reponses! I will give the boiling water a go first. It's just such a huge area, I do wonder if I will blow my jug up before I get through the lot hehe.  I was thinking the vinegar might not be so great if we are planning on lifting all the pavers and putting in grass one of these days soon.  But I will keep in the mind for future needs... Maybe boiling vinegar for a double blow



#12 seepi

Posted 02 December 2012 - 08:36 PM

You can also place spare pavers over the top of massive weeds nd they will die in a few weeks. Little weeds will die in a few days. Standing big pot plants on top will do the same.

I have a few pavers that i move around on top of our paving to kill the weeks. DP hates it, for looking messy, but it does work.

#13 myboyz

Posted 02 December 2012 - 08:53 PM


I think you need my FAVOURITE garden tool - its a hot devil weed killer.

Environmentally friendly, the new Hot Devil Weed Killer zaps weeds and they don't come back! Ideal for Rockeries, Pathways, Garden Edges and more...

         Model No: HDWK

I just went to the web page try & paste a link but to be honest I couldn't work out how to do it on the iPad so I managed to paste a paragraph about it.

It's awesome !!!! It's like a flame on a stick powered by a small butane gas cylinder. It heats up the core of the weed and with in days the weed dies. It's so easy . My dh uses it to start up his charcoal BBQ too lol and I burn the spiderwebs around the yard.








I think you need my FAVOURITE garden tool - its a hot devil weed killer.

Environmentally friendly, the new Hot Devil Weed Killer zaps weeds and they don't come back! Ideal for Rockeries, Pathways, Garden Edges and more...

         Model No: HDWK

I just went to the web page try & paste a link but to be honest I couldn't work out how to do it on the iPad so I managed to paste a paragraph about it.

It's awesome !!!! It's like a flame on a stick powered by a small butane gas cylinder. It heats up the core of the weed and with in days the weed dies. It's so easy . My dh uses it to start up his charcoal BBQ too lol and I burn the spiderwebs around the yard.










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