White vinegar and salt 'need one other kitchen item' to kill gravel weeds 'for good'

Gravel path full of weeds
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Homeowners battling the persistent issue of weeds in their gardens, particularly those with gravel driveways, are often on the lookout for effective solutions to tackle the unwanted greenery. The variety of weeds that can invade a gravel drive is extensive, ranging from grassy nuisances like henbit and purslane to stubborn woody varieties such as broadleaf or dandelion.

Fortunately, gardeners need not depend solely on commercial weed killers laden with harsh chemicals, as tips have been shared on using household items like white vinegar and salt as alternatives. A gardening enthusiast keen to learn how to create an effective homemade weed killer enquired about the use of these kitchen staples.

Carley Meadow queried: "Hi, I've got white vinegar and salt. How do you apply them to weeds on a gravel driveway? Are they mixed together? ", reports the Express. To enhance the efficacy of white vinegar and salt on gravel weeds, it's suggested by gardening aficionados that adding washing up liquid is essential.

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Jennifer Hill advised: "You must add washing-up liquid to it for the salt and vinegar to stick to the weeds." Mike Turner recommended: "Mix the vinegar and salt with dish soap as that's what helps them grab onto the weeds and kill them for good."

Anne Rodgers shared her insight: "Salt, vinegar and washing up liquid. They say the soap clings to the weeds, kills them quicker." Peter Laing provided a specific recipe for the DIY weed killer: "One gallon of white vinegar, one cup of salt and one tablespoon of dish soap. Spray directly onto weeds. This is for areas such as gravel drives and patio paths only as it poisons the soil."

As you should with any new treatment, gardeners might want to test it first. Before applying the soap solution to a large area, test it on a small area to ensure it doesn't cause any unintended damage. This homemade weed killer recipe works best on a dry sunny day and should be applied at midday, or just before, when the sun is at its peak.

Before you start, give the weed a shake to remove any insects on the plant to avoid harming them. For small weeds and younger dandelions, spray the solution directly onto the leaves.

For larger, more well-established weeds, spray the leaves and also pour a good amount of the solution onto the plant. Gardeners should notice the weeds beginning to wilt within an hour.