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Question DetailsAsked on 9/17/2013

cheap way to kill weeds

I live in a rental and the front yard is plastic covered with rocks and a few rose bushes. But weeds are just growing every where ;(

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Roundup works great - just stay clear of the rose bushes and any other valued plants, as it kills anything it touches within a week. Get the spray bottle and spray only the exposed vegetation - do NOT let it accumulate on the plastic or rocks as a liquid as it may run through the holes in the plastic where the roses are and kill them. For larger areas, get the concentrate and apply with a hand herbicide and pesticide sprayer - about $25 at box and home improvement stores.

If you want a more organic but less effective means (may take 2-3 applications) use undiluted white vinegar in a spray bottle or sprayer. Be sure to wash sprayer out right after so the vinegar does not affect the seals in it too much.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD


I realize it has been a few years, but I was looking at this response as a possible reference for a current question and one thing popped to mind. Plastic sheet, unless very thick like a pond liner, only suppresses weeds a year or so, and is bad for the plants over the long term because it cuts of free air movement and sunshine so promotes mildeew and mold in the ground. Plastic sheet under mulch or rock is even worse, as the plastic sheet traps the dust, plant seeds and moisture and provides an ideal gearmination environment.

Your best bet, unless you are in an area where it will cause serious insect issues, is 3-6 inches of mulch depending on thypes of weeds causing issues - stone or compost or bark or shredded wood depending on type of plants, as each type has its own preferences and certain mulches will absolutely kill some types of plants while others love it. Ask at greenhouse or local plant center or do some web research, or get brochures (usually online too) from cooperative extension service.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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