When my friend asked me, “does vodka really kill weeds?” I didn’t know the answer. Although I’m all for the environment, and have practiced using natural lawn remedies, I had never heard of such a thing. She had seen it on the Internet, so I decided to do some research. I was really excited! No, not because I like to drink it, but because it is more environmentally friendly and definitely more kid safe.
It is also safe to use if you have domestic animals. Although some animals do like to eat grass and weeds, they are likely to be turned off by the taste of vodka soaked weeds.
After reading a few articles and asking around, then finally trying it for myself, I learned it really does work!
Since I have younger children it was important for me to learn how to use vodka to kill weeds. So I did the research and found out that all I needed was a bottle of vodka, and a good high quality spray bottle.
It is actually a very easy concept. I can now let my 14 and 16 year old go out and spray weeds and I don’t have to worry about dangerous chemicals being absorbed through the skin or the gloves for that matter.
I also don’t have to worry about my 6 year old twins getting hurt by chancy chemicals.
It also kills grass so don’t get the idea that you are going to go out and spray your entire lawn just to rid it of weeds.
Make sure you get a high quality spray bottle. Low quality bottle may leak around the sprayer and cause unwanted results. It’s also best to have a bottle that will spray a stream so that you will only saturate the weed and not what is around it. The bottle will usually give you a choice on the end of the nozzle that says, spray, stream or off.
All you have to do is fill your bottle with the vodka and go out and spray the vodka directly on the weeds. Simple enough right? Yes it actually is. If you have a lot of weeds it will take some time, but it will be worth it in the end.
Now as far as weeds go, I’m talking about broad-leaf weeds that include dandelions, chick weeds, wild onions, mullien, and plantain weeds. I would suggest looking up each of these weeds if you want to see what they look like. You can also try it on other weeds and see how it works for you. I have tried it on weeds that I had no concept of what they were, however it killed them just as well.
Since it does kill grass, I also use it around the edging of my flower beds. There is really no limit as long as you get the results you want.
If you want to try to conserve on the vodka, you can always try to dilute it with water, half and half and just try a few. I didn’t have the results I wanted on all the weeds, but it did kill some. I would guess that if you don’t have very many to worry about then diluting it would be fine. I had a lot to get rid of and I wanted quick and easy results, so I used straight vodka on the rest of my yard.
After you kill the weeds, you’ll want to go around and collect them to keep the seeds from spreading. This is another thing that can take time, but as I said before, when you are done it will be worth the effort. The nice thing is you don’t have to worry about getting nasty chemicals on your hands.