With so much work to do on the interior of our house, it’s no wonder that our garden gets a little bit neglected. Thankfully large areas of the garden are paved over, so they are quite low maintenance…except that is, for the pesky weeds that grow in between the cracks of the paving stones. We have tried digging them out by hand and using expensive chemical weed killers, but they come back really quickly, so I needed an easier, cheaper solution.
A word of caution before I go any further. This is ONLY SUITABLE FOR PATHS AND PATIOS. Don’t put it in your flowerbeds as it could kill your plants.
What You’ll Need…
*Vinegar (standard malt vinegar is fine)
*Washing up liquid
*A jug (don’t be tempted to use a spray bottle, I tried this and it didn’t work. It seems to work best when the solution is poured over the weeds)
*A spoon to mix
What to do…
All you need to do is empty the bottle of vinegar into the jug – as a guide, I used ASDA Smartprice vinegar which comes in a 568ml bottle. This was also the cheapest vinegar I could find at just 20p. Add approximately one tablespoon of salt and one tablespoon of washing up liquid and mix. Then simply pour over the weeds. I found that it took around three-four days to work and these were the results…
I’m not sure I got exactly the same place on the patio now that I compare the photos but hopefully you get the idea! This weedkiller probably cost me about 25p to make at the most. Obviously if you have a larger area you can double or triple the recipe and it is still likely to be cheaper than the shop bought stuff. Do you have any thrifty gardening tips? I’d love to hear your ideas!