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Pet Safe Weed Killers: Controlling Your Lawn Safely

Keeping your lawn in tip-top shape is not only satisfying in its own right, it can also help increase your property value.

But weeds represent a serious foe in the battle for a beautiful lawn. So, a lot of homeowners end up strolling down the lawn-care aisle at their local big-box retailer to pick up a spray or powder designed to kill weeds.

The problem is, some of these products may not be safe for your dog.

We’ll cover everything you need to know about using weed killers around your pets below.

We’ll explain how they work, discuss some of the dangers they may present, and identify a few that are unlikely to harm your pet in any way, shape, or form.

But in case you’re in a hurry, we’ll start by pointing out a few weed killers that appear safe for dogs.

Best Pet-Safe Weed Killers for Your Yard

Many of the most popular weed killers may be dangerous to dogs, but there are options available that shouldn’t represent much of a threat at all (you still wouldn’t want your pet to drink or bathe in them, but when used properly, they shouldn’t be dangerous).

We’ll discuss five of the best options below.

1. Green Gobbler Ultimate Vinegar Home & Garden

About: Green Gobbler Ultimate Vinegar Home & Garden is a vinegar-based weed killer that is designed to be a safer alternative to traditional weed killers.

Features: The primary active ingredient in Green Gobbler’s Ultimate Vinegar Home & Garden is (wait for it) vinegar.

But this isn’t like the vinegar in your pantry – this vinegar is produced from US-grown corn and it is much more concentrated. Instead of a 5% vinegar solution like you may use while cooking, this weed killer is 20% vinegar, making it quite acidic.

Green Gobbler doesn’t disclose the other ingredients in Ultimate Vinegar Home & Garden, but the product is advertised as being free of glyphosate, biodegradable, and certified for organic use.

It comes with a nifty spray nozzle, which you can attach right to the jug the weed killer comes in.

PROS

Most people who tried Green Gobbler were happy with it and reported that it killed most weeds within about 24 hours. The spray nozzle appears to work quite well, and many owners liked the fact that this product is “ready to use” – you don’t need to dilute it or mix anything before using it.

CONS

A few people complained that it causes a very strong vinegar odor, but this is to be expected. We’d also feel more comfortable if the manufacturer would list the ingredients on the bottle.

2. Dr. Kirchner Natural Weed Killer

Product

Sale −$8.00 $30.99

Rating

271 Reviews

Details

  • A natural weed killer Made from ocean salt water, commercial strength food grade vinegar and soap
  • Our non selective ready to spray Natural Weed & Grass Killer is not normally used on the lawn.
  • Providing an alternative to harmful herbicides and toxic weed treatments.
  • No Mixing, No Glyphosate and No Hormone Disrupting Chemicals

About: Dr. Kirchner Natural Weed Killer is a seawater-based weed killer that the manufacturer claims is safe for people, pets, chickens, horses, and the environment.

Features: Unlike some other weed killers, which do not provide a full list of ingredients, Dr. Kirchner Natural Weed Killer lists all four ingredients used: Sodium chloride (salt), water, vinegar, and soap.

The salt included in the formula does most of the weed-killing, but the vinegar and soap help too.

This is a non-selective weed killer, so you don’t want to use it on your lawn. Instead, it is a good product for killing weeds growing up through cracks in your driveway or around other hardscapes (the manufacturer reports that this product will not stain hard surfaces).

Dr. Kirchner Natural Weed Killer is manufactured by a family-owned company in the USA. You can purchase it in a number of sizes, ranging from 1-quart, ready-to-use spray bottles to 5-gallon jugs.

PROS

Dr. Kirchner Natural Weed Killer received very positive reviews from most people who tried it, and this includes more than a few dog owners. It appears to kill weeds as effectively as advertised, and many owners were surprised to find that it often did so in only a matter of hours.

CONS

The only common complaints about Dr. Kirchner Natural Weed Killer related to some of the containers and spray nozzles, which appear to leak a bit.

3. Natural Armor Weed & Grass Killer

$29.95

Rating

346 Reviews

  • ORGANIC – NO GLYPHOSATE AND IS POISON AND CHEMICAL FREE – All-Natural, Concentrated Formula That…
  • SAFE & EASY TO USE – Safe For People & Pets. Ready To Use, Just Spray and Go. No Messy Mixing or…
  • PLACES TO USE – Use Anywhere You Don’t Want Weeds and Grass Growing Such As, Around Flower…
  • FAST ACTING & SAFE – See Results In Hours and Even Greater Results Shortly Thereafter. People,…

About: Natural Armor Weed & Grass Killer is an all-natural product designed to kill more than 250 different types of weeds and grasses.

Features: According to the manufacturer, Natural Armor Weed & Grass Killer is safe for people, pets, and the environment.

It is made from acetic acid (vinegar), citrus ingredients, sodium ingredients, essential oil, glycerin, and water.

This is pretty similar to the composition of some other pet-safe weed killers, and we appreciate that they disclose the ingredients the product contains. However, we’d prefer if they’d identify the “essential oils,” “citrus ingredients,” and “sodium ingredients” in more detail, so we could be sure they were all 100% safe for pets.

You can purchase Natural Armor Weed & Grass Killer in several different sizes, and it requires no mixing before use. This product is backed by the manufacturer’s 100% money-back guarantee, which allows you to shop with confidence.

PROS

Most people who purchased Natural Armor Weed & Grass Killer were happy with their choice. It appears to work on most weeds and grass (although a few customers reported that it did not kill everything they used it on), and there’s no need to mix it – just attach the spray nozzle and get to work.

CONS

A few owners reported that the product simply didn’t work, but these kinds of complaints were the exception and not the rule. A few owners also complained that the spray nozzle didn’t work very well.

4. EcoClean Solutions 30% Pure Vinegar

$19.99

Rating

1,014 Reviews

  • THE ALL-NATURAL ALTERNATIVE — Derived naturally from corn grown in the USA. Use all-natural…
  • AMAZINGLY MULTI-PURPOSE — Use vinegar in your home and garden. Clean carpet stains, furniture, car…
  • STRONGER THAN REGULAR WHITE VINEGAR — Use with discretion. Can be used at full strength for tough…
  • COMPLETELY PURE FORMULA — Made with corn, which is distilled into corn alcohol (ethanol). The…

About: EcoClean Solutions 30% Pure Vinegar is a US-made, glyphosate-free weed killer that can also be used for a variety of other purposes, such as cleaning brick walkways, reducing soil pH, and polishing chrome.

Features: The manufacturer explains that EcoClean Solutions 30% Pure Vinegar is “pure 30% acetic acid.” That’s fine, but we’d like to know what is used to dilute it – the answer is almost certainly water, but we’d like to know for sure.

30% vinegar is about 6x as concentrated as the vinegar in your kitchen, so this is very acidic stuff. It can be used as-is or diluted with water to make it go farther.

In either case, you’ll need to pour it into a spray bottle before use.

PROS

EcoClean Solutions 30% Pure Vinegar appears to work incredibly well. Phrases like “jaw-dropping results” appear over and over among the user reviews. Additionally, several customers used it for cleaning things like bathroom fixtures and concrete walkways.

CONS

A few customers were disappointed that this product costs quite a bit of money for what is essentially strong vinegar. It’s also important to note that 30% vinegar is strong enough to burn your skin (or your pup’s skin).

5. Preen Weed Preventer

$50.83

Rating

95 Reviews

  • Preen Vegetable Garden Preventer Granules. Chemical Pesticides and Herbicides
  • Inhibits the growth of weed seeds with corn protein
  • Kid and pet friendly
  • Prevents annual weeds in vegetable gardens, flower beds, around trees, shrubs, and ground covers for…

About: Preen Weed Preventer is a 100% natural lawn and garden product made from a single, pet-safe ingredient: corn gluten meal.

It isn’t a weed-killer in the conventional sense of the term; instead, it is a pre-emergent herbicide, which will prevent weed seeds from growing.

Features: Preen Weed Preventer is designed to be used multiple times per year as a way of preventing weeds from sprouting up on your lawn.

It won’t have any effect on weeds that are already mature, but that means it won’t harm your lawn either. In fact, corn gluten meal also works as a fertilizer, making it an ideal two-for-one product.

Manufactured in granulated form, Preen Weed Preventer can safely be used around any plants that are 2 to 3 inches tall, and it can be applied up to the day of harvest (if you decide to use it in your vegetable garden).

Unlike some other corn gluten meal products, the corn gluten meal used in Preen is 60% protein, which means it’ll be more effective than many competing products, which only feature 20% protein.

PROS

Corn gluten meal is an all-natural lawn-care product which should be completely safe for your pet. Many customers reported that it worked very well, and a few also reported improvements in the health of their lawn or garden plants after several weeks of use.

CONS

Some homeowners find that corn-gluten-based weed killers are less effective than they’d like. However, this may have more to do with improper, mistimed, or insufficient application than shortcomings with the actual product. Additionally, Preen is rather pricey.

How Do Traditional Weed Killers Work?

There are a variety of different weed killers on the market, and a lot of them use different active ingredients and work in different ways. We’ll take a look at three of the most common ones in widespread use below.

Glyphosate

Glyphosate (the primary active ingredient in Roundup) is one of the most commonly used weed killers in the world.

It is effective on plants that have already started growing, and it is usually produced in liquid form, which you can spray in the desired area.

Unlike some other herbicides, which only target some subset of plants (such as grasses or broad-leaved plants), glyphosate kills everything.

Many backyard gardeners, municipalities, and landscaping professionals use glyphosate, but it is the agricultural industry that consumes the bulk of that which is produced.

And that makes sense. After all, you may hate the dandelions growing on your lawn, but weeds represent lost money to farmers, as they compete with the crops being grown.

In fact, Monsanto – the company that manufactures Roundup (as well as a variety of other products) – sells seeds for crops that have been genetically modified so that they tolerate glyphosate.

This means that farmers can hose down their crops with the herbicide, safe in the knowledge that the genetically modified crops are the only plants that will survive.

2,4-D (Trimec)

2,4-D is another extremely common herbicide, and some sources identify it as the one in most widespread use.

2,4-D is a plant hormone that causes broad-leafed plants to grow in improper ways, which cause them to die. Unlike glyphosate, 2,4-D targets dicots (broad-leaved plants, including most “weeds”), while allowing monocots (like grasses) to live.

Accordingly, it is often used to control weed growth amid lawns.

Sethoxydim

Sethoxydim has the opposite effect of 2,4-D – instead of killing broad-leafed plants, it targets monocots (primarily grasses).

It is a post-emergent product, designed to be used on grass weeds that have already sprouted. It is effective on many, but not all, grasses that commonly cause problems for homeowners.

Sethoxydim works by inhibiting the growth of the undesired weeds. The meristems (locations of rapid cell division and growth) of the treated plants typically turn black within 48 hours, while the rest of the plant begins turning red or yellow within about one week.

Complete plant death usually occurs in about two weeks.

Are Traditional Weed Killers Like Roundup Pet Safe?

It isn’t entirely clear whether some of the popular weed killers are safe for pets. Simply put, we need more data to draw clear conclusions.

So, we’re left just trying to make the best decision on behalf of our pets.

On the one hand, these things are used so much that there’d probably be an epidemic of sick and dying dogs if they were – as How Stuff Works puts it – “violently toxic.”

But on the other hand, many weed killers can trigger mild to severe reactions in people and pets who have direct contact with them, and there is an increasing body of evidence that suggests some popular weed killers may be dangerous.

It is also important to note that dogs do appear to absorb many common herbicides – even when their owners don’t use the products themselves. Scientists at the University of Maryland have verified that several common herbicides are detectable in the urine of dogs whose owners didn’t use herbicides.

We’ll discuss some of the specific weed killers and their potential dangers below, starting with some of the ones that were more popular historically.

Outdated Weed Killers

Some of the old-school herbicides farmers and gardeners used decades ago were pretty nasty stuff.

For example, 2,4,5-Trichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4,5-T) was used until the 1970s, when scientists discovered that while the active ingredient was moderately safe, the specifics of the manufacturing process resulted in a final product that was quite toxic.

This is an important revelation, which we’ll see again in a moment.

But ultimately, 2,3,5-T and most other potentially dangerous herbicides – including borax, sodium arsenite, and arsenic trioxide – have been weeded out (sorry – I couldn’t resist) over time.

Is Glyphosate / Roundup Safe for Pets?

Scientists have collected quite a bit of data about glyphosate (aka Roundup) over the last few decades.

Some studies appear to indicate that glyphosate is unlikely to cause illness or death, but other studies have yielded pretty harrowing information.

In fact, some of the data collected has been troubling enough to warrant glyphosate bans in some countries. Some, like the Netherlands, ban its non-commercial use, while others – such as Sri Lanka – banned the chemical completely (Sri Lanka did, however, reverse the law after heavy crop losses).

It has even been banned by the City of Miami.

Glyphosate essentially works by destroying EPSP synthase – an enzyme that most plants need to survive. Theoretically, this means that it shouldn’t have much of an effect on dogs, as animals don’t produce EPSP synthase at all.

But glyphosate isn’t the only thing in Roundup – it also contains a variety of purportedly inert ingredients.

Unfortunately, it appears that some of these secondary ingredients may be dangerous. A 2013 study sought to verify this empirically, by testing glyphosate and the ostensibly inert ingredients used in its formulation.

The researchers did, in fact, find that weed killer’s inert ingredients (as well as the composite formulation) were problematic, regardless of whether or not glyphosate was dangerous. The study’s authors state as much quite plainly: “Here we demonstrate that all formulations are more toxic than glyphosate.”

For example, many dogs suffer from gastrointestinal or respiratory symptoms after coming into contact with Roundup. Fatalities were even recorded by one group of researchers who were examining the risks of the weed killer.

On the flip side, there are studies demonstrating that glyphosate is unlikely to cause harm in practice. For example, a 2008 study examining the effects of glyphosate on woodland mammals and amphibians concluded that: “there seems to be a large margin of safety between dosages encountered and those causing either death or limitation of movement, foraging or shelter.”

But forget about your pup; glyphosate may not even be safe for humans. In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) concluded that glyphosate was “probably carcinogenic to humans,” based on “limited evidence of cancer in humans (from real-world exposures that actually occurred) and “sufficient” evidence of cancer in experimental animals (from studies of “pure” glyphosate).”

All of this research is enough to convince us that Roundup and glyphosate is probably something to avoid using around your dog.

But, if you’d like to read more about the issue, this article from The Scientist provides further information.

Is 2,4-D (Trimec) Safe for Pets?

Because 2,4-D is primarily designed to affect the way plants grow, it is thought to be fairly safe for humans when properly used and applied.

Nevertheless, as explained by the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC), “People who drank products containing 2,4-D vomited, had diarrhea, headaches, and were confused or aggressive.”

Skin contact in humans often results in irritation, and people who breathe in the fumes can experience coughing, burning sensations, and dizziness.

So, yeah – you definitely don’t to drink this stuff, breathe in its fumes, or get it on your skin.

And unfortunately for dog lovers, it appears that canines are more sensitive to the chemical than many other animals. According to the NPIC, “Dogs and cats that ate or drank products with 2,4-D in them developed vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, lethargy, drooling, staggering, or convulsions.”

It isn’t clear whether your pet can get enough 2,4-D by licking sprayed grass to cause these problems or not, but it’s probably not something that most dog owners want to find out firsthand.

Additionally, it is important to note that 2,4-D appears to remain on the plant surfaces longer (up to 3 days) than most other common herbicides.

Is Sethoxydim Toxic for Pets?

While it probably shouldn’t be considered completely safe, sethoxydim appears less toxic than many of the other commonly used herbicides.

Tests in mice demonstrated that it did not appear to be carcinogenic, and similar tests seem to verify that it will not cause developmental or DNA-altering effects either.

However, it can cause symptoms ranging from sedation to tremors in humans when ingested.

Additionally, in high doses, it appears to cause anemia in dogs. Accordingly, caution is definitely warranted when using sethoxydim.

Pet-Safe Practices: Kill Your Weeds Safely

The pet-safe weed killers discussed above should only represent a minimal threat to your pets. But remember that many “safe” chemicals and ingredients can become dangerous if applied excessively or improperly.

So, be sure to employ the following tips when trying to kill the weeds in your yard:

  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Many commercial weed killers are only effective when applied in the proper amount and manner. Using more of the product than is recommended usually won’t provide better results, and it may increase the risks to your dog’s safety. Just do what the manufacturer tells you to do.
  • Keep your dog inside while you’re applying weed killers (or lawn chemicals of any kind). You don’t want to accidentally spray your dog, nor do you want him licking weed killer off the grass you just sprayed, so keep him inside while you’re applying these products.
  • Avoid applying sprays in windy conditions. Strong winds can blow weed killers into areas you didn’t intend on treating. This can end up killing plants you wanted to keep, and it may even contaminate your dog’s house or preferred play area too.
  • Don’t allow your dog to play in the yard for about 24 hours following application. Over time, most weed killers will break down or be absorbed by the soil and plant tissues. However, this can take a bit of time, so keep your dog away from recently sprayed areas. Most products will explain how long you need to keep kids and pets away from the treated area, so just heed the advice provided. You’ll obviously still need to let your pupper answer nature’s call, but just take him to a local park or friendly neighbor’s yard (just be sure to clean up after your pet).

Dog-Safe Safe Lawn Care Strategies

The weed-killing products discussed earlier are very unlikely to harm your pet if used properly.

However, there are a few things you can do to help limit weeds that are even safer – we’d even go as far as to consider them completely safe.

1. Boiling Water

Boiling water will kill many weeds, thereby eliminating the need for an herbicide at all.

But, it’ll also kill grass and other desirable plants, so it won’t work for waging war on the dandelions growing in the middle of your yard.

It will, however, work pretty well for killing stuff growing between the cracks on your driveway or similar scenarios.

Just fill a big pot with water, heat it until it’s boiling and then carry it outside and dump it on the weeds you want to take out. For goodness’ sake, be careful though – boiling water is a great example of a “natural chemical” which is undoubtedly dangerous.

It may take more than one round of boiling water to completely eliminate the weeds, and you’ll likely have to do this periodically as new weeds pop up over the summer. But, it’s free and it’s a truly non-toxic approach.

Vinegar

Vinegar, it turns out, is a pretty potent plant killer. In fact, it is the active ingredient in several of the pet-safe weed killers we recommend above.

That begs the question: If vinegar will kill weeds, why buy fancy pet-safe weed killers at all?

The truth is, you don’t have to.

You can simply buy vinegar, pour it in a spray bottle, and start raining non-toxic death on your weeds. Except that you can’t use regular vinegar like the kind you keep in your kitchen – you have to use a special kind of vinegar.

The problem boils down to concentration. The white or apple cider vinegar that you use to make salad dressings or soups are pretty diluted – most are only about 5% vinegar.

This isn’t strong enough to kill most plants. Instead, you’ll need a solution of 10% to 30% vinegar to have the desired effect.

Sure, you can buy strong vinegar yourself, but at that point, you’d be paying nearly as much as you would for a ready-to-go, pet-safe weed killer.

Salt

Salt is also a relatively safe substance that is a natural weed- and grass killer.

You obviously don’t want your dog to eat a mouthful of salt, as this can be quite dangerous, but if you apply it in a sensible fashion, it shouldn’t present any problems.

The best way to apply salt is by mixing it with some water and then spraying down the weeds you want to kill. Salt isn’t selective, so you’ll want to avoid spraying it on any plants you don’t want to kill.

This means it is best suited for killing weeds growing through cracks in your sidewalk or driveway.

Start with a relatively weak salt solution – something in the 3:1 (water: salt) ballpark – to make this kind of pet-safe homemade weed killer recipe.

If a few applications of that strength don’t seem to be working, add some more salt and try again. Just try to use the weakest solution possible to avoid causing long-term issues for the soil.

Hand Pull Your Weeds

It may not be particularly fun to do so, but you can just hand-pull the weeds in your yard. If you do so regularly and stay on top of things, it can be pretty effective, and it won’t represent any type of danger for your pooch.

You may want to even consider picking up a stand-up weed removing tool to make the job a bit easier.

Incorporate Allelopathic Plants

Many plant species produce chemicals that kill other plants or simply prevent them from growing.

These plants – which are called allelopathic plants – do so as a way to eliminate the competition. You can incorporate them in your yard to help cut down on the number of weeds that grow.

This isn’t a particularly simple solution, as you’ll have to identify the best plants for your property, install them, and then wait for them to get to work. You’ll also have to pick plants that are harmful to weeds, but harmless to the plants you want to survive.

So, you’ll have to do a bit of research to employ this strategy. We don’t have the space to explain more here, but this page may help you understand the basics.

Switch to a Non-Grass Ground Cover

Unless your HOA or local code enforcement officials mandate otherwise, there’s no reason you have to maintain a grass-based lawn.

There are a number of other ground covers you can use, ranging from ivies to clovers, which will usually help prevent or reduce the number of weeds that pop up in your lawn.

Just be sure to select a dog-safe variety that’ll grow well in your area if you decide to make a switch.

Burn the Weeds

In some cases, the best way to eliminate weeds is by simply burning them (we call it the Mad Queen approach to lawn care).

Fire obviously presents some safety concerns, so do be careful while using a torch, but it completely eliminates the need to use potentially toxic chemicals.

There are a bunch of torches on the market, but the Red Dragon Weed Dragon is clearly one of the best. It is made in the USA and designed to hook up to any refillable propane tank (like the one under your grill). It also earned the National Home Gardening Club Member Tested Seal-of-Approval.

Just understand that fire may not be a prudent solution for those living in the drought-plagued west, as the risk of sparking a wildfire is simply too great.

But, for those living on the East Coast or the Pacific Northwest, fire can be a helpful and non-toxic tool for eliminating weeds.

Mulch

You obviously can’t mulch your lawn, but if you apply a 2- to 4-inch-thick layer of mulch around your trees and in any flower beds, you’ll prevent weeds from growing in these types of places.

You can also use mulch in and around walkways, play areas, and dog runs too.

Just be sure to stick to a pet-safe mulch product. Pine bark nuggets or pine straw are two of the best options, and they’re likely more environmentally sustainable than cypress mulches are (although cypress mulch should be safe for your pet).

Just be sure to avoid cocoa mulches, mulches that have been dyed, or any mulches that don’t indicate the materials used in their production – you don’t want to purchase a mulch that contains salvaged construction materials in it.

Just Ignore Them

Honestly, this is my preferred method of dealing with weeds – they don’t bother me, so I don’t bother them.

Most weeds don’t represent any problem aside from compromising the aesthetics of your lawn, and some of us simply don’t care about this “problem.”

For that matter, given the fact that the earth is currently experiencing a biodiversity crisis, there’s something to be said for allowing an assortment of plant species to grow in your yard.

Additionally, many native weeds are important food sources for bees and other critters.

I understand that most readers won’t be willing to embrace this approach, but I thought I’d mention it anyway.

Dog Safe Weed Care FAQs

We’ve tried to cover everything you need to know about pet-safe weed killers above, but there are a few common questions we felt could use a little more discussion.

Is Roundup weed killer safe for pets?

The evidence regarding the safety of Roundup (and, to a lesser extent, the active ingredient glyphosate) is mixed. Personally, I’d consider it too risky to use around pets, but some owners may feel comfortable using it.

Is Spectracide weed killer safe for pets?

Spectracide contains a number of active ingredients, but 2,4-D is the first one that appears on the label. As discussed above, 2,4-D is certainly not something to take lightly, and dogs appear to be especially sensitive to it.

Is there a pet-safe way to get rid of dandelions?

Dandelions are a bit tricky to eliminate in a pet-safe fashion, as they often grow in the middle of your lawn. Normally, a selective herbicide (which kills broad-leaved plants without harming grasses) would be the best option, but most such herbicides are not completely safe for pets.

As discussed above, there are a number of pet-safe weed killers, but none are selective. So, the best way to deal with dandelions will either involve hand-pulling them or using a pre-emergent, such as corn meal gluten.

Is there a pet-safe weed killer that won’t kill grass?

Unfortunately, there aren’t any selective weed killers on the market that we’d consider 100% safe for pets.

Is there a pet-safe way to kill grass?

Salt- or vinegar-based solutions will often kill grass. If used properly, they shouldn’t present a serious threat to your pet’s health.

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It is possible to keep your yard mostly free of weeds in a manner that’s also safe for your pooch. Just be sure to use a weed-killer that’s safe for dogs and apply it in a safe, sensible manner.

Have you figured out a weed-management strategy that’s effective, while still being safe for your pet? We’d love to hear all about it! Tell us about your preferred products and techniques in the comments below.

Looking to up your game as your fight for a dog-proof yard or garden? Also check out our articles on:

  • Dog-Safe Flowers
  • Dog-Friendly Shrubs

You want to take care of your lawn, and take care of your pets.

There are lots of weed killers on the market for keeping a garden and lawn weed free. However, many of these weed killers are not safe for pets – cats, dogs, and typical backyard wildlife. Furthermore, commercial weed killers can be very costly.

Luckily, there are lots of weed killing alternatives that are safe, effective, cheap, not toxic, and easy to make.

In this article, we will share some ideas and easy recipes to help you make your own kid and pet safe weed killer. Read on to learn more.

There Are Lots Of Good Reasons To Say NO To Commercial Weed Killer

Most of the weed and grass killers you find and buy at the store are filled with chemicals. Some of these are very harsh and damaging to plants, other kinds damage living organisms and the environment.

Many “weed preventer” products contain active ingredients making them quite dangerous. Although labeled as “safe” weed control materials, the term is very subjective.

While this weed control product may technically be “safe” under very narrow usage guidelines, this does not necessarily mean the weed killer is safe for your dog, cat, and other pets, kids, wildlife or you to touch, breathe or accidentally ingest.

Furthermore, no matter how “safe” chemicals are, its residue will eventually end up in the water system. Chemicals buildup in our waterways causing great harm to all life on earth.

Think about this: If commercial chemical weed killers are “safe” for dogs and cats, why do professional lawn service personnel wear impressive protective gear and set up hazard warning signs all around treated areas?

The reason is that if pets, kids or incidental wildlife come in contact with the grass killer poison within the first 24 hours, it can be absorbed through the skin.

Little children may put hands to mouth and ingest the poison. Pets and wildlife may actively lick it off. If the poison comes in contact with eyes, it can do a great deal of damage.

Clearly, chemical herbicides or commercial weed killers are not actually safe for use around living beings.

Related Reading:

  • Kids Gardening and The Values Children Learn
  • Best Plants For Kids

What Can You Do For A Pet Friendly Weed Killer?

There are many truly safe ways to manage weeds in your yard, lawn, and garden. Here are 8 simple, easy safe, pet-friendly weed killer ideas you can try!

Pull them up by hand!

It may seem old-fashioned and it may involve quite a bit of work, but it’s absolutely safe and you’ll get a bit of a workout pulling weeds.

If you stay on top of it, it’s really not very hard to pull weeds by hand in your flower and veggie gardens.

For weeds embedded in your lawn, invest in a special digging fork that will make it easy to grab and pull their long tap roots from the ground.

Use a layer of compost and/or mulch to suppress weeds.

Keeping your flower and veggie beds well-fed with compost and well covered with mulch is a natural way to control weeds and weed seeds.

Landscape fabric blocks weed growth.

You can install landscape fabric under stones and pavers as a weed preventer in walkways. It can help protect the roots of trees and shrubs and keeps roots cool when covered with mulch. Note that weeds may try to grow in the mulch on top of the landscape fabric, but their roots will be shallow. Pulling these upstarts is a simple matter.

Note that weeds may try to grow in the mulch on top of the landscape fabric, but their roots will be shallow. Pulling these upstarts is a simple matter.

Douse weeds with boiling water.

Just boil water in a kettle and pour it carefully on the weeds you wish to kill. This is an especially dog-friendly weed killer and a good method for eradicating the weeds that grow up between the cracks in your patio, driveway or sidewalk.

Naturally, you must be careful not to come in contact with the boiling water, and be sure to keep kids and pets out of the way while you are at work.

Pure white vinegar is a great organic weed killer.

Simply decant white vinegar into a spray bottle and mist the weeds you want to kill. You may need to apply the vinegar several days in a row, but it will do the trick.

It’s best to apply your spray bottle of vinegar in the morning on a sunny day because the rays of the sun amplify the effectiveness.

Take extra care with over-spraying vinegar on your lawn and garden. Vinegar in high amounts will also kill your garden plants if you aren’t careful.

A little bit of salt will kill weeds.

It doesn’t take much for a quick and easy weed control. Just a generous sprinkle at the base of the unwanted weed will make the soil unsuitable for growing.

Be sure to use it carefully and only in the areas of the weeds you wish to eradicate.

Don’t strew it around in areas where your pet may walk because salt can be irritating to pets’ paws.

Sugar can be used in the same way as salt.

Applying it at the base of a weed will make the soil unsuitable for grass and plant growth. One downside is that sugar may attract ants or other sweet-toothed animals.

To avoid this, mix sugar and chili pepper powder 50/50. This is a good combination for killing off plants that have very deep roots. You can use it to kill weeds or “trash tree” saplings before they become too big.

You can use it to kill weeds or “trash tree” saplings before they become too big.

Prevent weed growth with corn meal.

Strewing cornmeal in areas where you don’t want weeds to grow will stop their seeds from germinating in the soil.

It won’t have any effect on mature plants, so you can sprinkle it around your established veggie garden and flower bed without fear of harming your crops. Corn gluten meals also offer a non-toxic plants and grass protection against weed.

Make Your Own Pet Safe Weed Killer Spray

If you have a large area to address, such as a fence-line, you may wish to make a spray solution you can apply with a standard weed killer sprayer. Here is a very easy DIY homemade herbicide recipe:

White Vinegar & Essential Oil Weed Killer

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon clove or lemon oil
  • 1 drop of dish soap

(Multiply amounts as needed to make more.)

Combine all the above organic ingredients in a heat proof bowl. Note that if you don’t have any essential oil on hand, you can use dishwashing soap instead.

Allow the mixture to cool somewhat and then decant into a spray bottle or weed killer sprayer.

Carefully spray this mixture directly onto the weeds you wish to kill. As much as possible, avoid spraying it over expensive grass and nearby plants. It’s best to spray on a dry, bright, sunny, still day.

Avoid using this mixture on a windy day because over-spray may cause unwanted results. Don’t apply before or soon after a rain. Don’t water the soil within 24 hours after application.

Be Safe & Save Money!

Kid, wildlife and pet safe weed killers are easy and affordable to make at home. You may already have all the ingredients you need in your kitchen cupboards.

Understand that the smartest way to use these methods for lawn care is to combine them. Don’t just rely on one ingredient or one pet-friendly weed killer recipe.

Mix it up and use other organic techniques, such as pulling and mulching to present a safe, strong, natural defense against weeds.

Many people treat their lawns with weed killers — also known as herbicides — to rid themselves of unwanted plants, such as dandelions. Most people know to keep small children away from the grass after it’s been sprayed. That’s because these chemicals can be dangerous if children touched the treated lawn and then put their hands to their mouths. New data show that herbicides also can end up in dogs. The evidence: It comes out the other end in the animals’ urine.

Angus Murphy studies plants at the University of Maryland in College Park. He began to wonder if dogs might be exposed to herbicides when he saw neighborhood signs that warned a lawn had been sprayed with weed killers. “I would see the dogs running through the yards when the grass was still wet,” he recalls. “I looked at the signs and they said don’t re-enter for 24 hours or until the treatment was dry.”

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So he teamed up with other scientists to investigate how much weed killer might come off the grass while it was wet — and whether those chemicals might go from plant to pooch.

First, Murphy and his group had to find out how long herbicide sprays can be brushed off with casual contact. They applied the same amount of three different kinds of weed killers to different patches of grass.

But the amount of chemical coming off grass might change if the grass was wet or dry. So the scientists added herbicides to green grass that was wet (to simulate a recent rain) or dry. To find out if it made a difference whether the plants were dead or alive, the researchers also applied weed killer to brown grass.

Afterward, the scientists placed pieces of cloth on wooden blocks. They dragged the blocks across each patch of grass to see how much herbicide came off. They first did this a few minutes after the spraying. Then, they dragged clean cloth blocks across the area one hour, one day, two days and three days after the weed killer had been applied.

In green grass, two of the weed killers rubbed off on both tries the first day, but not after that. A third chemical known as 2,4-D — for 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic (Di-KLOR-oh-fen-OX-ee-uh-SEE-tic) acid — rubbed off onto the cloth for two full days after application. And on dry, brown lawns, 2,4-D was still coming off the grass even three days later. That was long after the blades of grass were dry.

“I was pleased to see there was data on brown lawns,” says Mark Carroll. A plant scientist, also at the University of Maryland, he was not involved in the new study. “We often don’t think to do that stuff” — check for a late effect of something on different types of targets. But the researchers did that and turned up a surprise, Carroll notes. That signals that “if you apply these products to a brown lawn, it’s going to hang around a little longer.”

From lawn to dog

So the herbicides were coming off the grass. But unless the chemicals get into animals, it might not pose risks. So Murphy and his group recruited 33 dogs and their owners. They included people who sprayed weed killer on their lawns and those who did not. Then, before and after lawns had been treated with herbicides, the researchers collected the dogs’ pee. (“I’m happy to say I wasn’t there to do it,” Murphy says. “It was one of the students from the vet school.”)

Most dogs — including half of those whose owners did not treat their lawns — had herbicides in their urine. Among dogs whose owners did spray weed killers, 14 out of 25 animals had chemicals in their urine before the latest spray of their lawn. After spraying, 19 out of 25 dogs were excreting the chemicals.

“The herbicides move into the animals and it’s detectable,” says Murphy. And as might be expected, “the greatest uptake and highest levels were where the homeowners were applying ,” he notes.

“What surprised us the most was the extent to which there was uptake in the animals when weren’t having treatments,” he says. These animals appear to get exposed during walks in the neighborhood. This can include grassy areas where others have used weed killers. Murphy and his colleagues published their findings July 1 in the journal Science of the Total Environment.

“I think it’s a neat combination of work, where you’ve got half the team looking at the fate of the herbicide and the other half looking at the potential to affect dogs,” says Carroll.

The dogs may lick lawn chemicals off of the wet grass. It’s also possible the herbicide collects on their fur and that the pets lick it off later. But if the chemicals are ending up in the animals’ pee, then they’re definitely being exposed. Murphy does not yet know if this is a problem. His group did not look for signs of harm.

Still, the scientists say, the new data suggest that if the label on the weed killer says to keep off the lawn, that should apply not only to people but also to pets. “Anything you apply to the environment, you’ve got to have some respect for it,” Carroll says. Those instructions on the label are important. They are usually required by law to keep people and their belongings safe. “But a lot of people don’t read the label,” Carroll notes. “If you’re going to make the choice to apply the product,” he says, any responsible owner also will “keep the dog off the yard.”

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canid The biological family of mammals that are carnivores and omnivores. The family includes dogs, wolves, foxes, jackals and coyotes. Members of this family are known as canines.

chemical A substance formed from two or more atoms that unite (become bonded together) in a fixed proportion and structure. For example, water is a chemical made of two hydrogen atoms bonded to one oxygen atom. Its chemical symbol is H2O.

2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid Also called 2,4-D, this is a man-made chemical meant to mimic a plant hormone. These plant hormones, called auxins, are toxic to some plants at high doses, so 2,4-D is commonly used as a weed-killer or herbicide.

excrete To remove waste products from the body, such as in the urine.

herbicide A weed killer. Some herbicides kill all types of plants, but others are “selective.” That means they are designed to kill certain unwanted plants (considered weeds) but leave desirable plants, such as lawn grasses or crops, untouched.

toxic Poisonous or able to harm or kill cells, tissues or whole organisms. The measure of risk posed by such a poison is its toxicity.

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Ah, the spring and summer months: The season to don those ever-fashionable hats and gloves and head outside for some gardening. But if you’ve got dogs, you might wonder if the chemicals that keep your roses blooming and your grass weed-free could hurt or even kill your pet.

It’s not an unreasonable fear. Two of the top ten culprits in accidental poisonings–insecticides and snail and slug bait–are found in the garden.

But if you know what chemicals to use with caution and what to steer clear of entirely, you can spare your dog, and yourself, from a frightening ordeal.

Here are a few tips for dog-safe gardening and lawn care.

What To Avoid When Gardening To Keep Dogs Safe

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There are a few chemicals you absolutely shouldn’t use when gardening if you have a dog. They’re too harmful and dangerous for pets who play in the yard.

Avoid using these products entirely.

Disulfoton pesticides

Disulfoton is part of a class of pesticides, called organophosphates, which have by and large been pulled off the market. It’s still around, however, and turns up in rose-protecting products such as Ortho Rose Pride.

Not only is disulfoton extremely toxic to dogs–causing vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and potentially death–it’s also a dog’s idea of fine dining.

“Dogs will eat as much of it as they can get a hold of,” says veterinarian Tina Wismer, of the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center.

It’s often mixed with fertilizers such as blood and bone meal, making it even more appealing to the canine palate.

Wismer recommends that dog owners steer clear of disulfoton pesticides entirely. But if you absolutely must use it, keep your pup out of the treated area and store leftover chemicals in a chew-proof container, locked out of reach.

Slug And Snail Bait With Metaldehyde

This type of slug and snail bait can cause tremors, seizures, and even death–and again, it tastes mighty good to dogs.

If you’ve got a dog, use something else. Baits containing ferric phosphate are a less toxic version.

Use Herbicides With Caution When You Have A Dog

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Roundup and similar herbicides aren’t as dangerous as disulfoton and snail bait, but they can still cause vomiting if eaten.

Put your dogs inside when applying herbicides–along with their chewtoys, food bowls, and anything else they might put their mouths on–and make sure they stay there until the treated area is good and dry.

Once it’s dry, the chemical has been taken down to the root of the plant and the lawn is considered dog-safe.

You might also try using corn gluten meal in place of chemicals; it’s a natural herbicide, and Wismer says it’s effective and safe for dogs.

What About The Long-term Effects Of Garden Chemicals?

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While some chemicals are known to be harmful, there hasn’t been much research to find out how several other popular garden chemicals affect dogs in the long run, and for the moment the answer is a frustrating, “We don’t really know.”

One study did find that Scottish Terriers living in homes that used phenoxy herbicides were about 4.4 times more likely to develop bladder cancer. Unfortunately, no one has followed up on the study, and because the research didn’t look at the other healthy dogs living with the dogs who developed cancer, Wismer says it’s not conclusive.

What we do know is that cancer is the leading cause of death in many dog breeds, and playing it safe is never a bad idea.

“I would certainly use the least amount of garden chemicals possible and use organic options when you can,” says Wismer.

It’s definitely better for the planet, and it may be better for your dog.

Do you have any tips for dog-safe gardening? How do you protect your pup from dangerous chemicals? Let us know in the comments below!

Easy Homemade Weed Killer Recipe

Hey! I’ve got an easy homemade weed killer recipe for you today!

Weed killer is one of those things that makes me feel a bit uneasy. I don’t like to keep it in the house, and I don’t like to use it in the garden. I’ve recently come up with my own eco-friendly homemade weed killer to tackle the persistent weeds that blight our yard but is gentle on the wildlife that frequent it (like this little guy).

I mentioned the other week that I’ve been trying to turn our unloved yard into a cared for space that we enjoy using. Along with a good clear out, a lick of paint, a few plants and hanging baskets, and this homemade weed killer recipe, I feel like I’m slowly getting somewhere with the yard.

This wildlife friendly weed killer contains just three common household ingredients that you’ll probably have to hand – white vinegar, salt, and washing up liquid. The vinegar and salt help to dry out the weeds and the washing up liquid ensures the salty vinegar solution sticks to the leaves of the weeds.

See the results for yourself!

Want the recipe? Of course you do! Here you go!

Homemade Weed Killer Recipe

You Will Need:

1 litre white vinegar

3 large spoons of salt

3 large spoons of washing up liquid / dish soap (Don’t worry if it’s a more environmentally friendly brand – I used Ecover and it did the job)

Spray bottle

Method:

Add your salt to your vinegar and stir until dissolved.

Once the salt is dissolved add your washing up liquid, and stir well.

To Use:

This homemade weed killer recipe works best on a sunny day. I’d suggest applying at midday, or just before when the sun is at its peak.

The weed killer works indiscriminately on all plant life and can turn your soil acidic. For this reason, it’s best used to kill weeds that have appeared in the gaps between paving slabs or monoblocks, rather than to tackle the weeds in your lawn or flower bed.

For small weeds and younger dandelions spray the solution directly on to the leaves.

For larger, more well-established weeds spray the leaves and also pour a good glug on to the plant. It’s very effective – you should notice the weeds beginning to wilt within an hour.

This homemade weedkiller recipe probably won’t kill dandelion roots, but it’s a quick, easy and green way to deal with dandelions and other weeds as soon as they appear.

More green gardening tips this way!

Homemade Pet Friendly Weed Killer

Your pets are as much a part of your life as your garden is and you want to make sure that they can enjoy your garden without it making them sick. While stores sell a number of weed killers, most of them are not very healthy for your pets, and you may want to use a pet friendly weed killer. Fortunately, there are a number of organic and pet safe weed control methods you can use to keep your garden healthy for your pets.

Types of Pet Friendly Weed Killer

If you have an area that you need to clear weeds out of on a wholesale level, such as a driveway or a sidewalk or just a large weedy patch where no plants you wish to keep are growing, you may want to consider using boiling water. Boiling water is certainly a pet safe weed killer and it will instantly kill any plant it comes in contact with by literally cooking the plant in the ground. But be careful, boiling water will kill all plants, not just the weeds.

Vinegar works well as pet friendly weed killer. All you need to do is spray the vinegar on the plants that you wish to kill. For some tougher weeds, you may need to reapply the vinegar several times before the plant completely dies.

If you have an area that you do not wish to have plants growing at all, like a brick path or patio, salt works well as a pet safe weed control. Putting salt in an area will make the soil unsuitable for plants and weeds to grow in.

Sugar

Believe it or not, sugar is also a pet friendly weed killer. It puts the soil organisms into overdrive and the soil becomes temporarily unsuitable for plants. It is great for killing weed trees, bushes or vines that are hard to pull out. Simply pour some sugar at the base of the plant you wish to kill. If you are concerned about it becoming an attraction to pests, simply mix the sugar with equal parts chili pepper to deter those possible pests.

Cornmeal

Sometimes the most effective pet safe weed killers are the ones that stop the weeds before they even appear. Cornmeal has a chemical in it that acts as a pre-emergent on plant seeds. That means that it will prevent the seed from germinating. Sprinkling cornmeal in an area that you want to keep weeds out of will not harm the current plants but will keep weeds from growing.

Recipe for Homemade Pet Safe Weed Killer

The nice thing about all of these is that any of them can be combined to make more effective pet safe weed killers. Just mix them together. If the mixture is liquid and you will be using a spray bottle, add in a little dish soap. The dish soap will help the liquid stick to the weed better.

Our pets are our friends and we don’t want to do anything to harm them. Using products that are available in your house to make pet safe weed killers is less expensive, just as effective and much safer than using the dangerous chemicals sold in stores.

Pets and gardens are amongst the most important things that a homeowner needs for entertainment and freshness.

However, both pets and gardens have different care and needs, and you must keep good care of both so that they don’t affect each other’s health. Talking specifically about the gardens, the worst condition that most homeowners experience is the weeds.

These unwanted tiny plants not only affect the overall growth of the plants but can also lead to moss and other nasty things in the garden.

To take good care of your garden, you must use the proper weed killer in the garden so that your plants can grow in a healthy and safe environment.

However, there is a catch in using the weed killers in your garden if you are having pets like cats and dogs at home.

The gardens or lawns are amongst the favorite places for the pets to play and spend time in. And these weed killers can be extremely dangerous to the pets’ health.

So, if you were looking for the best and reliable care of the garden without affecting your pet’s health, then you should look for the best pet-friendly weed killer for your home which is effective, easy to use and shows great results in eliminating the weeds.

In this article, we are going to talk about the ten best pet-friendly weed killers that have proven results and are safe for pets. Also, we will talk about the brief buyer’s guide that will help you choose the best pet-friendly weed killer for your home.

So, if you are in love with your garden and the pets, then we will suggest you stay with us until the end of the article to get the complete information about the Pet-friendly weed killers available in the market right now. So, let’s get started.

Top 3 Pet-Friendly Weed Killers for 2020

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Best Pet-Friendly Weed Killers Reviews

As the gardening is becoming a great hobby for the homeowners and those users who are in love with nature, you can find lots of weed killers in the market that are perfect for home use and are easy to deal with.

And in case you aren’t able to zero on one product for your garden, here’s the list of ten best and most reliable pet-friendly weed killer that you can buy for your home.

#1. GreenGobbler Weed Killer

GreenGobbler Weed Killer Booster | Wetting Agent/Surfactant for Weed Killers (1 Gallon)

  • DRAMATICALLY ENHANCES WEED KILLER RESULTS
  • SPREADS AND ALLOWS HERBICIDES TO CLING TO WEEDS
  • ALLOWS FOR MUCH FASTER AND MORE EFFECTIVE RESULTS
  • STRIPS WAXY LAYER OF WEEDS TO ALLOW MAXIMUM PENETRATION OF WEED KILLER
  • JUST MIX AND SPRAY WITH VINEGAR FOR A MORE NATURAL OPTION OF WITH YOUR FAVORITE WEED KILLER

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For the buyers who are looking for a perfect weed killer that not only is easy to use but is also a great buy for the buyers who have active pets at home who love wandering around the garden and play there.

The weed killer is in liquid form that makes it easier to use and shows quicker results than other similar products available in a similar price range.

What is so special about the product?

Apart from being fairly effective, the thing that makes this product an ideal buy for the buyers is the usability. The weed killer from GreenGobbler will be a perfect choice for your garden if you were looking for an easy to use and effective weed killer that shows results within a few days.

Just mix the solution with the vinegar and your weed killer is ready to be used. Sprinkle it over the weed and let it rest for a few days till you start seeing the results.

Grass/weed the product can kill

The product creates a waxy layer on grass and weeds and thus ensure better penetration and works for most of the weeds, even those weed plants that are resistant to other weed killers. So whether you are looking for a perfect weed killer for knapweed. Thistle or hawkweed, this will be an ideal choice for you.

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#2. Doctor Kitchener Natural weed killer

Sale Doctor Kirchner Natural Weed Killer (2.5 Gallon) Pet and Kid Safe No Glyphosate and No Hormone Disrupting Chemicals

  • A natural weed killer Made from ocean salt water, commercial strength food grade vinegar and soap.
  • Our non selective ready to spray Natural Weed & Grass Killer is not normally used on the lawn.
  • Providing an alternative to harmful herbicides and toxic weed treatments.
  • No Mixing, No Glyphosate and No Hormone Disrupting Chemicals
  • Pet safe, kid safe, and environment safe when used as directed.

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For the buyers who are looking forward to buying a brilliantly formulated weed killer for their home that not only is easy to use but is also great for those who are searching for the natural killer to vanish the weeds.

The brilliant formula for weed killing is not only safe and faster than most of the other commercial grade weed killers available in the market but is also a safe thing to buy if you have pets at home.

What is so special about the product?

Along with the brilliant results, the thing that makes Doctor Kitchener Natural weed cleaner a great buy for both gardens and lawns is the faster results.

Unlike the other weed killers that take a few days or weeks to show the positive results, this weed killer from Doctor Kitchener shows the results in a few hours after application. Along with this, this is extremely easy to use and can be used in the rainy seasons too.

In all, if you were looking forward to buying a perfect weed killer that is safe for pets too, the Doctor Kitchener Natural weed killer would be an ideal buy for your home.

Grass/weed the product can kill

The product can be used to kill both weeds and grass like the crabgrass, duckweed, dandelion, and clover. Just try it on weeds and grass you want to kill, and the product will surely going to work for you.

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#3. Just For Pets Pet-friendly weed killer

Just For Pets Pet Friendly & Pet Safe Weed Killer Spray (128 oz Gallon Refill)

  • ALL-NATURAL & ORGANIC – Pet Friendly & Pet Safe For All Pets. Our Product Includes Natural & Organic Ingredients. NO Glyphosate. NO Chemicals. NO Poisons.
  • WE’RE PET LOVERS TOO – Our Pets Are Like Our Children. Truth Be Told We Like Our Pets More Than Some People. We Will Do Anything To Protect Them.
  • COMMUNITY MINDED – A Portion of Each Sale is Donated To Animal Shelters Nationwide.
  • ELIMINATES WEEDS FAST – Results Are Typically Seen in Less Than 24 Hours. EASY TO USE – Ready to Use Spray. No Mixing Necessary.
  • 100% CUSTOMER SATISFACTION MONEY BACK GUARANTEE – If You’re Not Satisfied For Any Reason, We’ll Refund Your Money, No Questions Asked

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For the buyers who are looking for a perfect weed killer that is tough on weeds, gentle with plants and safe for the pets, the Just for Pets Pet-friendly weed killer is a great choice to go with.

The all-natural and organic ingredients, this is a perfect choice for the buyers who care for nature and want to use a safe and effective weed controller.

What is so special about the product?

The best part of the Just for Pets Pet-friendly weed killer is the brilliant list of ingredients and easy operation. And although all-natural ingredients are used in the product, the weed killer is extremely effective and provides faster results than other products available in the market in this price range.

So, if you were after a reliable, easy to use and effective weed killer for your home garden, try your hands on Just for Pets Pet-friendly weed killer will be a great buy for you.

Grass/weed the product can kill

This is an ideal product for the buyers who are looking for a weed killer that can effectively kill both weeds and tough grass in the lawn or garden.

Being a nonselective weed killer, you can easily choose it for the annual weeds, Knapweed and other along with the crabgrass and others

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#4. AllDown Summerset Concentrated Herbicide

AllDown Summerset Concentrated Herbicide (1 Gallon)

  • OMRI Listed – Concentrated Organic Weed-Killer, Non-Selective Broadleaf and Grass Herbicide.
  • For Residential Use in Organic Gardening
  • Environmentally and Pet Friendly
  • Use on weeds and grasses in flowerbeds, vegetable gardens, around fruiting and non-fruiting trees, shrubs, and vines, along fence lines, patios, driveways, sidewalks, and other similar areas where weed control is desired
  • Apply when skies are mostly sunny and no rainfall is expected.

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AllDown Summerset Concentrated Herbicide is a perfect weed killer for the buyers who are looking for an easy to use, reliable, and environment-friendly weed killer for their home.

The weed killer is available in the concentrated form and can be used as desired. Unlike the other weed killers, this weed killer can be easily used for almost every kind of unwanted weeds, and it is extremely easy to apply.

What is so special about the product?
Along with the great results, faster response time, there are numerous other things that make AllDown SummerSet Herbicide will be a perfect buy for you.

The non-selective property makes it a worthy buy for all types of weeds and you can blindly rely on it for the positive results. Just make sure that you using it on a sunny day and you will get rid of the weeds in a few days.

Grass/weed the product can kill

AllDown SummerSet Herbicide is a perfect buy for buyers who are looking to eliminate shrubs, wines, annual weeds from their garden. Just use the product as prescribed and you will be able to see the results in a few days.

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#5. A.D.I.O.S. Eco-friendly Weed control

A.D.I.O.S. Eco-Friendly Weed Control, Ready-to-use, 36oz

  • Brand New Item!

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For those buyers who are looking for an easy to use, and effective weed killer that can be simply sprayed on the weeds to kill them, the ADIOS Eco-friendly weed control will be a perfect buy for your home.

Regardless of the type of weeds, you are having in the garden, this product is going to be extremely beneficial for you. Easy operation, effective results and brilliant value for money are the USP of ADIOS weed control.

What is so special about the product?

The first thing that you are going to notice about the ADIOS weed controller is the usability. The weed killer is extremely easy to use and provides great results within a day. Also, the weed killer is perfectly safe for everything else than the weeds.

So, for the buyers who have pets and kids at home who play in the garden, this weed killer will be a great product to go with.

Grass/weed the product can kill
The product is specially intended to kill the weeds with broader leaves like the clover, chickweed, and dandelions.

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#6. Scotts 25-year Pro Fabric

Scotts 25-Year Pro Fabric, 3 by 150-Feet

  • Controls weeds without chemicals
  • Walkways, patios and retaining wall jobs
  • Long term durability
  • Reduces soil erosion
  • Type – heavy duty

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For the buyers who are looking forward to buying a reliable weed killer that works in a natural way to control the growth of the weeds and grass, the Scott Pro Fabric will be a great product to go with.

The product works in a simple way and restricts the sunlight to reach the weeds and grass that naturally kills them in a few days.

What makes the product so special?

The best part of the weed control fabric is that it kills the weeds naturally. No chemicals or no other thing is needed to get rid of the weeds.

Grass/weeds the product kills
As this is a natural weed suppressor, you can use it for any kind of weeds and grass to make them disappear from your garden.

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#7. Ortho Weed B Gon

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For the buyers who are looking forward to buying a product that perfectly deals with the weeds and makes sure that they aren’t going to appear again. The Ortho Weed B Gon is a perfect choice for the garden and lawns filled with toughest weeds.

So, if you were looking for the best results and a product that is extremely easy to use, this product will be a perfect buy for you.

What makes the product so special?

There are numerous positive things that make the Ortho Weed B Gon a perfect weed killer. However, the best point is that it can easily kill the toughest weeds like the Creeping Charlie and Wild violet. So, if you were thinking to buy the best and most reliable weed killer for your garden, this will be a great buy.

Grass/weeds the product can kill
The Ortho Weed B Gon is formulated to kill the tough weeds like the Chickweed, Clover and Oxalis Weed. The product works on the root level so you won’t have to worry about the regeneration of the weeds.

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#8. Roundup Extended Control weed and grass killer

Roundup 5008810 32oz-Dandelion Killer Lawns3 Ready-To-Spray, 32 OZ, Won’t Harm Grass

  • The ready-to-spray applicator is great for Broadcast application to your entire lawn, just connect to your garden hose and it’s ready to use-coverss up to 5, 000 sq. Ft.
  • Kills over 250 weeds, including crabgrass, dandelion, Clover, and yellow nutsedge-won’tt harm your lawn
  • Lawn Weed Killer for use on Northern grasses, including Kentucky Bluegrass, Perennial Ryegrass, Fescue, bermudagrass, Buffalo grass, and zoysiagrass
  • Starts working immediately and rainproof in as little as 3 hours
  • For hard-to-kill summer crabgrass and grassy weeds, use Roundup for lawns crabgrass destroyer

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Roundup Extended Control weed killer is one of the easiest to use weed killers available in the market. It comes with a ready to use solution and a wand that can be used to spray the solution directly on the weeds.

So, if you were looking to buy an easy to use weed killer for your garden, this product can be a perfect choice for you.

What makes the product so special?

The best thing about the Roundup Extended control weed killer is its easy use. Just fit the wand to the pack and you can start getting rid of the weeds and unwanted grass.

Grass/Weed the product can kill

The product has the ability to kill all weeds and grass effectively. Non-selective nature of the weed killer makes it a perfect buy for the buyers looking for the most effective treatment of crabgrass, annual weeds, and others.

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#9. Zwinkle LLC End Weeds

Zwinkle LLC End Weeds. The Natural Way! Vinegar Based Broad Spectrum Herbicide

  • All natural, eco-friendly herbicide that won’t harm people, pets, pollinators or the planet.
  • Contains a proprietary blend of surfactants to increase effectiveness and longevity.
  • Kills Glyphosate-resistant weeds including: Thistle, Henbit, Deadnettle and Ground Ivy.
  • Till, mulch or re-plant the soil 48 hours after application.
  • Works as is… no need for added oils or harmful chemicals.

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For the buyers who are looking for an ideal weed killer that is tough on tough but is perfectly safe for the pets and kids playing in the garden, the Zwinkle LLC End Weeds is a perfect buy.

With the natural ingredients, this is a perfect buy for the buyers who are not too keen to use the chemicals in their garden.

What makes the product so special?

There are numerous points that make Zwinkle LLC’s weed killer a great buy for the garden owners. However, the best thing about the product is that it can easily kill the weeds that most chemical-based weed killers can’t handle.

So, whether you are looking for a heavy-duty weed killer or looking for a natural product for vanishing the weeds from the root, this weed killer from Zwinkle LLC will be a perfect choice.

Grass/weed the product can kill

With 20% acetic acid, this weed killer can easily handle all types of weeds and grass including the Thistle, Ground Ivy and Henbit.

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#10. CSI Eraser 41% Glyphosate Concentrate

CSI Eraser 41% Glyphosate Concentrate Post Emergent Systemic Herbicide 32oz bottle

  • Glyphosate 41%
  • Eraser 41% Glyphosate may be used in any area of vegetation. Care should be taken to ensure that non-target vegetation is protected from drift.
  • Mix 2oz of Eraser 41% with 1 gallon of water and apply to unwanted vegetation. 1 gallon of solution will treat up to 1,000 square feet of area. Product should only be applied using stainless steel or plastic sprayers.

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CSI Eraser is a perfect buy for those buyers who are looking for an ideal weed killer that works fast and is safe to use.

With 41% Glyphosate, this herbicide is a perfect choice for the buyers who are looking to get rid of the weeds and different grasses from their garden and lawn making it a beautiful and well-managed place to spend time.

What makes the product so special?

The main reason for the popularity of CSI Eraser is fast results. You can expect visible difference within a few days which is a great thing for the buyers who are looking for a product that shows great results quickly.

Grass/weed the product can kill

As a non-selective herbicide, you can use this product to kill almost every weed and grass including the crabgrass and poison Ivy.

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Along with these ten products, there are a few more easy to use and reliable ways to get rid of the weeds and unwanted grass from the garden which aren’t only effective as these natural products but also are much safer to use and pet-friendly.

Next, we are going to talk about such products that are going to help you in choosing the best and most reliable way to make your garden weed free without any major issue.

How to Use a Weed Control Fabric

The first and easiest way to stop the growth of weeds in your garden is to cut the supply of the sunlight to the soil around the plants or the specific places the weeds normally grow in your garden. The sunlight is an important factor for the weeds and unwanted grass to grow.

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  • Walkways, patios and retaining wall jobs
  • Long term durability
  • Reduces soil erosion
  • Type – heavy duty

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By applying the weed control fabric that allows the water to penetrate through but doesn’t allow the sunlight to reach the soil, you are actually eliminating the main cause of weed to appear.

This is the best way to prevents weeds to appear in the garden, and if you have recently made a garden in your backyard, then it will be the best time to install a good quality weed control fabric to make your garden look beautiful, weed-free, and well-managed.

How to Install a weed barrier Fabric

Once you are aware of using the weed barrier fabric, the next thing is to learn how you can use it. So, here’s the step-to-step procedure to know about installing a weed barrier fabric in the garden.

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Typically, the weed barrier fabric is available as a roll in the market and the first thing that you are going to do is to cut the appropriate size of the fabric so that is can easily cover the soiled area of your garden.

Make sure that the fabric has no extra hole to make the sunlight reach the ground. By doing to you will limit the nutrition to the soil and eliminate any reason for growing the weed or unwanted grass or shrubs.

One done, make sure that your healthy plants are having enough space to grow and getting enough sunlight to get the nutrients.

How to control weeds naturally with Mulch?

Using mulch to reduce weed activity in your garden is another natural and pet-friendly way to avoid weed growth. Just as the weed barrier fabric, the mulch can easily restrict the sunlight to reach the garden soil without disturbing the air and water intake of the soil.

So, if you were looking for such a way that is more effective than the chemical-based weed killers and are much more safe and easier to use, the Mulch can be extremely useful for you.

How to pull up the weeds by hands or tools

One of the easiest ways to get rid of the weeds that most gardeners opt for is to pull out the weeds by hand. Although it is not as reliable as the other ways to deal with the weeds, for the instant solution when you don’t have any other way to kill the weeds, this can work for you.

Garden Weasel Step and Twist Hand Weeder

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  • CHEMICAL FREE WEEDING – This fantastic tool gives you the power to take back your lawn without back-breaking labor or harmful chemicals. It is effective, efficient, and best of all cost-effective!
  • EASY TO USE – Ergonomically designed to keep you upright, simply push tines into the root system of a weed with your foot, twist the handle, and extract the weed—roots and all!
  • CONVENIENT THUMB RELEASE – Once you extract the weed and root system, simply push on the thumb release to pop the weed plug from the tines. This is great for composting and eliminates cleanup.
  • MULTIPLE USES – While it’s effective on almost any weed, including crabgrass, dandelions, and more, it can also be used for planting flowers.
  • DURABLE STRONG-STEEL DESIGN – The Weasel Weed Popper Step & Twist is made with carbon steel. It is weather and rust resistant and is backed by our lifetime warranty.

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The only thing that you need to consider while pulling out the weeds by hand is that you pull the weeds/grass from the root level.

If you are somehow unable to do so, the roots of weeds will soon cause the weed to grow. You can use some specific tools that easily grab the roots of weeds and grass even from the tiniest places. One such tool that is popular among the buyers is the Fiskars Weeder.

How to use the Fiskars weeder

The Fiskars weeder is one of the simplest and most effective ways to deal with the weeds and unwanted plants from the root level.

And the best part of this is they are extremely easy to use. If you aren’t too keen to use the chemicals or weed killers that can harm your normal plants in the garden, the Fiskars weeder will be an ideal product to go with.

Just place the weeder on the weed plant, push it in the ground and pull the weed from the root level. Yes. It is as simple as that.

So, if you are having a garden and are looking for the more natural way to get rid of the weeds that do not affect the other plants, pets, and kids playing in the garden, the Fiskars weeder can be a perfect choice to go with.

How to kill weeds with a torch

Another brilliant way to get rid of the weeds is to burn them with the help of a torch. The smaller torch or the torches that are intended to burn the weeds will work the best for you.

Just make sure that the surrounding is free form any inflammable material and it is completely safe to use fire at the place.

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Next, light up the torch and slowly move on top of the weed. Make sure that you treat the roots of the weed too as it will ensure that weeds are not going to appear again at the same place. Sweep away the remaining of the weed and your garden/sideways will be free from the weeds and grass.

DIY Pet Safe weed killer and Homemade pet safe weed killer recipes

DIYs are one of the best and safest ways to get rid of weeds, grass and other unwanted plants in your garden. And although the DIY Recipes can differ according to the available items in the home.

We are going to talk about the simplest DIY that we came across that shows positive results on all types of weeds and grass.

For a ½ gallon weed killer, you are going to need a ½ gallon of apple cider vinegar, a quarter cup of the normal table salt and a few drops of liquid dish soap.

Mix these ingredients in a spray bottle and sprinkle a good amount on the weeds or the plants that are not too keen to have.

That’s it. You can see the results in a day or two.

In case you don’t have any of the above-listed ingredients with you, Apple cider vinegar can alone work as a great weed killer but will need more time to show the desired results.

FAQs

Q1: How much time does the weed killer need to work?

Actually, this depends on the weed killer you are planning to buy. Almost all weed killers need different time to act and show results.

Be sure to refer to the pack of weed killer to know about this period and thus you can easily choose the best weed killer for your home.

Q2: What is the correct way to apply the weed killer?

Most of the weed killers are available in the diluted form or have the powdered form. The simplest way to use the weed killer is to sprinkle the solution around the plant where the weeds are currently growing.

Make sure that the solution covers the weeds completely. After this, you need to wait for a specific time and you will soon get a weed-less garden.

Q3: How to get the best results from weed killers?

The best way to get expected results from the weed killers is to use them according to the instructions. Be sure to use the weed killers exactly as per the instructions.

By doing so, you won’t only use the exact amount of weed killer but will also get the desired results quickly and more efficiently.

Conclusion

This was brief information that you need to know while purchasing a new weed killer for your garden that is completely safe for your pets too.

You can easily rely on any of the above-listed products of the best pet-friendly weed killer for your garden, or look for an ideal weed killer according to the buyer’s guide listed above.

Last Updated on January 21, 2020

Do you hate the weeds? We do! We have many parts of our yard covered in weed barrier, a project that we have been slowly working on over the years. It works great for some areas, but some simply cannot be covered, or we get these weeds that seep through the barrier, especially on the sides. Not to mention the pesky weeds that grow between the concrete divides or cracks.

Well, we personally are not a fan of either Weed-B-Gone or Round Up or other similar formulas for a very harsh way to kill weeds. We have concerns with it in regards to our foods growing in our gardens – we have 6 sq. foot boxes growing hundreds of plants, potato tower, blackberries, raspberries, grapes, strawberries, goji berries, container blueberries, container asparagus, 2 plum trees, 2 apple trees, 1 pear tree, 2 lemon trees and 1 peach tree. And our lot is only 1/4 acre and that 1/4 acre includes the space our house takes up.

So why am I telling you this? It’s because we have a lot in a small space. If we start spraying chemicals all over our yard, or even in specific spots, it will most likely drift to our food somewhere. In addition, not only do we want our gardens protected, but our kids! We have a playhouse, sandbox, swingset and trampoline that take up the other spaces in our yard = kids everywhere else where food is not growing. Not to mention the dangers to pets as well.

My aunt is a professor at MIT. She has become a leading published expert on the dangers of RoundUp and interviewed by many leading health professionals on the topic. One of her goals is to inform as many as she can about RoundUp. So just for her sake, she would be very disappointed if we exposed our kids or foods to it. 🙂

Well, we do pull, sweat, tug, fight, sweat some more, wrestle and get down right dirty with the weeds in our yard as a non-harsh chemical way of dealing with them. But…..we were getting tired of the physical fights with them. So I hopped online and checked out garden forums that I follow to see what others were doing.

Vinegar in and of itself has been a decent natural response, but not as effective as I was hoping for some weeds.

I needed a concoction that will work a bit hard than just vinegar by itself.

So in the course of my research, I discovered “key” ingredients to get a better job done.

1. Vinegar – This is the main ingredient and the core and base of any natural weed killing recipe. What you actually add to your vinegar will determine the amount of increase of performance. The reason why this works is that white distilled vinegar that you can buy at nearly any store for household use contains 3-5% acetic acid. What is acetic acid? Well, it is a desiccant and this means it removes moisture. So, when you spray it on weeds and plants, the water in the leaves is drawn and the “above ground” foliage dies off. In some plants, it may reach the root, but not as often as we would hope. Also, vinegar may not really work for some weeds and plants that have a waxy coating or other natural barrier on them. However, it is still your primary and main ingredient – that’s a good thing because it is cheap too!

So now the other ingredients that you add to this base is what is going to take this to the next level.

2. Salt – Salt is another very effective component and complement to a natural weed killing recipe. Regular ol’ salt of any kind is based on sodium chloride (most every salt except epsom) is easy to find and cheap. Salt, like vinegar, is also a desiccant, so it too will dry out the leaves, stems and potentially get to the roots of the weed/plant. Basically by combining it with vinegar, you make the solution “extra strength.”

3. Oil – Oil is the secret ingredient. Oil can be used directly or found within soaps containing a high concentration of oil; soap is the most popular oil form used in homemade weed killers. Oils break down the waxy coatings or other natural barriers that many weeds and plants produce to protect their leaves. By breaking this down, you give a straight shot for the vinegar and salt to do it’s job. In addition, oils and soaps break the tension water on surfaces, which allows for the mixture to stay on the plant and not “run off” like just vinegar or vinegar/salt will do, again giving more ability for the vinegar and salt to penetrate and kill the weeds before slipping off the surface.

As mentioned, you can use oil directly or you can use certain soaps as most are oil based. From my research, the best soap to use is the classic blue Dawn dish soap – the “grease” cutting power in this dish soap is most effective. Using dish soaps that contain extra ingredients or that are moisturizing will not be very effective as they provide a coating. So it really needs to be the classic blue dawn. You can also use vegetable/canola oils and even coconut oil. If you choose the coconut oil however, you will need to heat to liquify it and use it immediately.

4. Citrus Based Essential Oils (optional) – If you want to make a super formula that will be even more effective – add several drops of citrus based essential oil – lemon, lime, orange and grapefruit. Essential oils are the highly concentrated drops of oil from a particular plant or food – in this case the oil is extracted from the peel of these fruits. There are many beneficial therapeautic uses for citrus essential oils at home and for personal use – in fact you can see 17 Helpful Household Uses for Lemon Essential Oil HERE. One precaution for personal use of essential oils is that you should not be exposed to sunlight for 24 hours; well, that same rule is good for plants and weeds as this will cause the weeds to be exposed to the burning factor or sunlight and burn and die.

So now that I have given you the basis for the ingredients that you can use to make a super effective weed killer, let me share the recipe with you that I created based on these facts.

What you need:

  • 2 cups vinegar
  • 1 TBSP salt
  • 2 TBSP dawn or oils
  • Several drops of citrus based essential oil (optional)
  • Spray bottle (you will need 20 oz. minimum)
  • Funnel

To make:

  • Pour about 1 cup of vinegar in your spray bottle
  • Then add the salt

  • Add the oil or blue Dawn
  • Finally, use the remaining vinegar to also wash out the funnel from the oil/soap to collect it all
  • Put the lid back on and shake it well!
  • Then use it on the weeds/plants you want to kill. You can really spray it on any part of the weed and the ingredients will do it’s job!
  • Depending on the weed, it make take another application or two over a few day period.
  • Be careful to not spray near plants that you want to live as this will kill wanted plants too!

That’s it! And this works well! You will want to spray the leaves and even the roots. This is an example of a weed next to our house that I sprayed and came back 18 hours later to snap this picture. It usually takes a couple of days. Now some weeds may need a second treatment as well after 2 days.

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Got pesky garden weeds? Ditch the toxic herbicides and keep your home and garden safe with this easy to make, super powerful Chemical Free Natural Weed Killer. Get rid of weeds in walkways, driveways, sidewalks, decomposed granite, dry soil and more with this effective and fast working eco-friendly, non-toxic, natural weed killer.

Do you have weeds in your garden or yard?

I do, and there’s a ton of them! But not after I zap them with this amazing, super powerful chemical free natural weed killer!

We’ve been in a major drought in California for years now, but we finally had a pretty wet winter last season. That means the weeds are INSANE this summer! All of those dormant weeds are like, “Hey!!! We enjoyed all of that water and here were are! I brought all of my friends too!”

Yep. The weeds are wild and having a party in my yard. We have decomposed granite everywhere and those weeds just LOVE popping through it.

I’m not interested in those weeds and their friends and would like them to leave, but I’m not about to kill them and damage the soil with some toxic herbicide like Roundup. And I’ll tell you why …

Beautiful Mimosa Tree – do you see the bee?

I’m all about keeping it real, and honestly, this is scary folks.

Did you know that a U.S. Geological Survey study found glyphosate (think Roundup herbicide) in 75% of air and rain samples?

Do you know what that means? Carcinogens. Cancer. (source)

California’s Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) issued a statement saying that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer, will be added to the state’s list of chemicals known to cause cancer effective July 7. (source)

Even the World Health Organization (WHO) said in an issued report following a 2014 study, that glyphosate is a “probable human carcinogen” … can we say toxic overload all. the. time? (source)

This is not good my friends, and we need to get this toxic junk out of our yards and no where near our homes.

My beautiful girls in the Mimosa tree. The oldest is working on art up there.

But, instead of seeing the negative in this, we can use this information to be more mindful of the way we live. Right?!

It’s super important to note that WE can and do influence the industry with our money.

So, what can YOU do? You can choose to not buy into a conventional agriculture system. That means choose organic and/or eat from the EWG’s Clean 15 group and avoid the Dirty 12+ as much as possible. You can also talk to farmers at your local farmers markets and ask them what their farming practices are. If they use chemical sprays, you can let them know that you’d love to buy from them if they would consider using organic practices.

You can be mindful of the products you put on your body and use safer, eco-friendly/”green” choices in your home to avoid an extra toxic overload. If you need help learning about how to incorporate more of these things into your life, just send me an email. I’m happy to help!

You can also keep those toxic herbicides and other chemicals out of your yard! Choose to use safer alternatives and do NOT use Roundup and chemicals in your garden or yard and in and around your home.

Our sweet old boy hanging out in the tree too.

Yes, you can kill weeds naturally without Roundup!

It’s super easy to make your own DIY chemical free natural weed killer and cost effective too!

Plus, and maybe most importantly, it’s better for our planet and safer for our bodies!

Making your own chemical free natural weed killer is relatively inexpensive.

It’s even cheaper than the toxic chemical sprays like Roundup!

Overall, the most expensive part will be buying a 2 gallon weed and garden sprayer. Personally, I recommend not buying one that has popular herbicide names spread all over the bottle, but that’s up to you. I even like to hand write on the sprayer NO CHEMICALS and VINEGAR EO SPRAY ONLY.

Obviously my family knows there’s no chemicals in it, I do it solely for the purpose of any viewers, a.k.a. my neighbors. I want them to see that I am using SAFE, eco-friendly, non-toxic, chemical free natural weed killer. What I like about this is sometimes it helps spark some conversion about safer, natural products and why toxic chemicals like Roundup are so dangerous.

Depending on how weed infested your garden or yard is, you might need a few applications of this natural weed killer or just a few follow up spot treatments.

Only 5 ingredients go into this natural weed killer.

Vinegar – it’s one of the most the most important parts of this DIY natural weed killer. I highly recommend using full strength 30% garden vinegar, but if you absolutely need to use something else, try to find at least 6% vinegar. The higher the percentage, the better the strength. I have tested this out using 3% vinegar and it does NOT work as well. Just note that 20-30% garden vinegar works the best.

Table Salt – is another important part of this chemical free natural weed killer. By all means, get the cheapest, generic kind of table or iodized salt that you can find. You do not want to be wasting your money on quality salts. Whatever you do, don’t use your precious sea salt or even Epsom salt for this, it’s just not necessary.

Orange Essential Oil – if you’re familiar with citrus essential oils, you probably know that they’re photosensitive, meaning if you go out in the sun after you’ve put them on your skin, your skin most likely is going to get burned or even blister. Basically, when certain essential oil constituents (natural chemicals found in particular essential oils like citrus essential oils), particularly furanocoumarins (FCs), react when exposed to Ultraviolet UVA light. So think about it! Add this to your mixture and you’re going to give a huge boost to frying those weeds out in the hot sun.

Clove Essential Oil – because of the eugenol constituent, clove oil is known to damage the cellular membranes in plants, therefore helping to kill weeds.

Liquid Dish Soap – the purpose of the liquid dish soap is to help the vinegar stick to the weeds, which is a good thing! You want the properties of this formulation hanging out on the weeds for the sun to fry.

Here’s a few tips about this chemical free weed killer …

Do NOT dilute the mixture with water. Full strength is necessary for it to work properly.

If you have a huge property, you might need to double the batch. We have a large front corner lot and weeds grow everywhere in decomposed granite. This amount covers the whole property for 1 spraying.

Vinegar will not harm the soil. Salt however makes killing weeds a bit more permanent and can kill grass, so use caution if there are plants or grass that you do not want to kill.

If you’re trying to spot treat grass with weeds in it or areas with plants that you don’t want to die, I would suggest omitting the salt from the mixture or drastically reduce the salt. Just know that it won’t work as well as the full strength mixture.

Either way, the good news is you won’t harm the soil with the salt, it will just be a better preventive when it comes to weeds growing back.

Next time you need to get rid of weeds in your garden or yard, don’t reach for toxic chemicals, make your own safe, easy, natural weed killer instead!

Chemical Free Natural Weed Killer

Tools

  • 2 gallon weed and garden sprayer

Instructions

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a 2 gallon weed and garden sprayer. Shake it up the best you can, you want to shake it long enough to dissolve as much of the salt as you can.
  2. Pick a dry, sunny, preferably hot day and spray the weeds in the morning. Make sure to shake up the sprayer from time to time when you’re spraying, this helps keep the mixture evenly dispersed. Let the sun help speed up the process! Weeds will start to wilt and shrivel up sometimes within hours depending on how hot the day is.
  3. If the weeds are really bad, consider doing a second application in the evening or you can repeat it again the next morning.

Notes

  • Do NOT dilute the mixture with water. Full strength is necessary for it to work properly.
  • I have tested this out using 3% vinegar and it does NOT work as well. I highly recommend using full strength 30% vinegar, but if you absolutely need to use something else, try to find at least 6% vinegar. Just note that 20% to 30% garden vinegar works the best.
  • If you have a huge property, you might need to double the batch. We have a large front corner lot and weeds grow everywhere in decomposed granite. This amount covers the whole property for 1 spraying.
  • NOTE – Vinegar will not harm the soil. Salt however makes killing weeds a bit more permanent and can kill grass too, so use caution if there are plants or grass that you do not want to kill.
  • If you’re trying to spot treat grass with weeds in it or areas with plants that you don’t want to die, I would suggest omitting the salt from the mixture or drastically reduce the salt. Just know that it won’t work as well as the full strength mixture. But the good news is you won’t harm the soil with the salt, it will just be a better preventive when it comes to weeds growing back.

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