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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 7:59 am    Post subject: Simple weed control on driveways etc Reply with quote

I just remembered that my nana used to strain the water from boiled potatoes on the weeds in the driveway and it was very effective and cheap but be careful wiyh the boiling water
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 9:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wonder if it is just the boiling water that did the trick.....? After all, we eat potatoes, so I wouldn't like to think there was a herbicide in them!
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm sure the boiling water killed all the shallow rooted weeds alright. But as for dandylions and docks, Id say they would just be set back a bit. The salty water from boiling bacon was often thrown out like this as well. The salt was meant to prevent weed seeds from sprouting.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Simple weed control on driveways,
Regular sweeping, end of debate. Smile

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have used a weed wand. This looks like a walking stick with a gas canister attached which scorches the weeds and kills them. Tap rooted weeds like dandaline will just be retarded for a while but you can always scorch them again when they emerge. I have also sprayed with roundup which is good for clearing a large area. It is not a green solution but it is effective.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The real reason nana strained the potatoes on the grass and the weeds was she had nowhere else to dispose of the water like many people of her era as they did not have internal plumbing in their houses. I just thought it was a better use for the water than pouring it down the sink as i cannot brush my gravel driveway .
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2013 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Boiling water is a good organic way of getting rid of any unwanted weeds. The hear of the water when poured on the weeds causes them to shrivel up. I have also seen quite a few people recommend vinegar too.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Remember though if you do choose to try out the boiling water or vinegar methods that it is only on paths and driveways! Never on your lawn as it will damage your grass.
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