Question

I am looking for alternatives to weed killer (for dandelions, etc.) that don't contain herbicides. Any suggestions?

Asked by Ellen McCOy
Rochester, NY

Upstate NY lawn. Trying to get rid of dandelions without using herbicides and contaminating groundwater.

Answer

Burnout -- blend of cloves, vinegar and lemon juices.

It works fast and kills anything it touches -- it says that it won't kill nearby plants and the area can be seeded the next day. I had to use a second application for those tough older weeds, though.

The good news is that it is safe for our pets, children and helps with stormwater runoff pollution. But it does have a potent smell.

 

For more information:

You should read "Take Steps toward a Poison-Free, Natural Lawn" by landscape architect Sherri Osaka.

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