Confession time. I can get pretty worked up when I see folks polluting the environment and thinking it means nothing.
What’s a little RoundUP here? Or a little toxic chemical house cleaning stuff dumped down the drain, right?
I mean, I get it. I need grace too. It took me awhile to quit eating sugar (read What is Candida-The Beginning of My Sugar-Free Life) but chemicals have ALWAYS bothered me.
I’ve never done well around perfum-ey cleaners, personal care products (like ultra-stinky hairspray [see my Alcohol-Free Hairspray that Works to see what I use now], cigarettes, or any such chemical nasty offenders.
I clearly remember walking through the perfume department of malls, or the detergent and house cleaner aisles of grocery stores, feeling like I was going to a faint.
Truth is, there are so many toxins in the world that it is making a HUGE impact on our environment.
And on our health.
I wrote about it some in Could You Have Heavy Metal Poisoning and Not Know It? and Candida, My Childhood, and 5 Causes of Gut Dysbiosis.
That’s why I pretty much refuse to use any chemical or otherwise toxic product on myself–or in our home.
So back to my “anger problem.”
Last week was one such time that the urge to scream nearly overtook me. I was driving down the road (with my sons in the backseat) that I really almost screamed at a neighbor.
He was standing there, in his driveway, seemingly inconspicuous to other passersby—
But to me, he was a health hazard.
Unleashing his poison on the world.
And on my family.
One spray at a time.
There he stood, aerosol can in hand, spraying his driveway weeds.
They had to go, right? So that can was the way to do it.
I slowed down when I saw him, and with each spray I could feel myself getting more and more frustrated.
I wished I had a camera in hand to use him as a feature in this blog post, but alas, the camera was at home. (good thing for him, eh :)?)
My kids are used to me and my “non toxic thinking.”
Me: “Ugh – look at that!”
Boys: “What, Mom?”
Me: “That guy is spraying his weeds with that icky stuff! Doesn’t he know what that will do to the environment?!”
I almost screamed. But I didn’t. I’m sure my boys were glad about that.
Yes, I get frustrated about this stuff. The toxins that are being spewed willy-nilly into our environment and onto our food with rarely a thought about the consequences we are going to have to pay for this.
The price tag is big, folks.
Cancer. Autism. Autoimmune disorders. All of these have toxins as part of their cause. I am convinced of that.
And the research says it too.
So–what’s a natural crunchy “paranoid about toxins” mom supposed to do about Driveway Weeds?
Let ‘em grow and deal with frustrated neighbors and shame about the progressively more shabby appearance of your driveway?
Nope. There’s a better way.
And it’s super simple.
Sadly, our driveway weeds had gotten pretty out of control. You can see it just fine in the top photo, but here’s a clear shot without the title so you can get the full impact.
Yes, I was getting pretty embarrassed. My driveway looked like the beginnings of a giant Chia Pet. Sigh.
I did a bit of research about driveway weeds (you can imagine that Google and I are pretty good friends, huh?) and found out a few things:
1. Don’t try to pull the weeds out. You likely can’t get the roots out and they will just grow deeper and stronger. Not at all what we want, righto?
2. There are a bunch of recipes for killing the weeds. I tried one that looked the most promising, and it worked, but I found something easier and cheaper.
Here’s how I got rid of the weeds in my driveway.
No aerosol can.
And it was kind of fun too !
Natural Weed Killer
Spray Bottle (Tip: Get whatever color your kids like – then they are excited to spray for you :)!)
1. Fill spray bottle with vinegar
2. Spray weeds thoroughly with vinegar, taking care not to spray grass or other plants. It’ll kill them too!
3. Let sit for a day or so.
4. Spray again if needed. You want the weeds to be pretty thoroughly brown before trying to remove them.
5. Gently try to pull weeds out after a rain. Grasp the weeds by the base and gently wiggle and pull ’til they release from the soil.
I must say, I am thrilled with how much better our driveway looks now.
The weeds are gone and so is the embarrassment.
What natural weed-killing techniques have you used?