Kill weeds without harming your dog

With Spring in full swing in most parts of the country, and beautiful flowers popping up everywhere, weeds are an inevitable occurrence. Sure, there are plenty of products on the market to annihilate the weeds with chemical XYZ, but what could those harmful toxins in your yard do to your dog? Or child?

dog dandelions weed killer Kill weeds without harming your dog

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My dogs love going around smelling the flowers in our yard. To them a dandelion or other flowering weed would be just another flower they needed to check out. But what if I had sprayed that dandelion with poison? Now my dog has either partially ingested or gotten poison on their nose or body.

A great and cheap alternative to commercial weed poisons is this natural recipe:

  • 1/2 gallon of Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup table salt
  • 1/2 tsp grease-cutting dish soap (like Dawn)

Mix these ingredients up in a spray bottle and use them to spray weeds thoroughly. It typically will kill the weed on the first application, and the entire batch will cost you less than about $5.00.

How does it work? The dish soap removes the protective oil from the weed (think Dawn soap cleaning up post-oil-spill birds), then the vinegar and salt can seep in to kill the weed.

I’m not sure where this weed killing recipe first originated, but it’s probably been around longer than I have. Sometimes it’s the simple ingredients that do the best job. And keeping your pet from harm is definitely worth a bit of your time.

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  • Jana Rade

    Hubby says, and it’s been working fine on Jasmine’s ranch which initially was nothing but weeds, “you wanna get rid of weeds? Keep the lawn/area cut. The grass will take over.”