I have set out to rid our house of a specific weed…desert chamomile. It that grows quiet well in our area and we have a huge amount of it. You might say oh it’s chamomile, that doesn’t sound too bad? Well you would be mislead. This cousin to pretty, peaceful chamomile is horrid. It is a smelly little plant that grows up to a foot tall, adorned with cute little yellow pollen filled death balls.
It has become my arch nemesis! However for me it is not an option to use herbicides. I started about two months ago hand pulling the little suckers. They have rather shallow roots so it is not hard. That is until you look at the entire property…covered in them. I pulled three 20’x20′ areas before I started to feel defeated. I decided I would try a solution a friend swore by.
I went and Got a 2 gallon sprayer at Harbor Freight and got to work.
2 gallons White Vinegar (I found it on sale for $1.75 a gallon)
1cup of salt (I got non-iodized)
2 tablespoons of Dawn dish soap (I got the one that smelled the best)
Mix the ingredients in the sprayer and start spraying!
Test area before:
In areas where the weeds had grown too tall it looked like this. However in the areas with newer shorter growth the weeds died 6-8 hours after being sprayed (see right bottom corner of picture). I decided to trim the longer weeds short with the weed whacker then re-spray.
Test area after:
I will be trimming the rest of the yard and spraying. Next year we will get a head start on the buggers and get them before they get so tall.
The cost was better than buying herbicides as well.
On the entire driveway I used…
4 gallons of vinegar at $1.75ea
I bought a 4lb box of table salt at $2.25 (I have plenty left over)
I bought a bottle of Dawn $2.63 (I have plenty left over)
One, 2 gallon sprayer $11.99
My total cost was a little over $23. I have remaining ingredient to use for my next batch and a non contaminated sprayer that I can rinse out and use for anything. 1.1 gallons of roundup with a crummy sprayer costs about $45.
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