Two organic ways to kill weeds this spring

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My father defines a weed as any plant growing somewhere he doesn't want it to grow. As I get older, he gets wiser. 

Weeds that grow between the pavers on our back patio get on my last nerve. With a small dog and a slew of other wild critters running around in our wooded back yard, I hate to use a chemical solution to get rid of them. And yet, they must die.

Here are two guilt free ways to get rid of weeds naturally. 

Boiling Water

Pour boiling water over them. Plain and simple. If I'm making pasta, I just multipurpose that water.  I also picked up an electric tea kettle for around 20 bucks that is pretty enough to keep on my counter top. It heats a whole kettle full of water in just a minute. And I pour that water into the cracks. The weeds turn brown and shrivel overnight. Now, does this kill the root system so they don't return? I doubt it. However, this one minute trick once a month or so keeps the weeds at bay on the patio.

Baking Soda

We also have stairs made of pavers in the retaining wall in the backyard. It's a larger area so the boiling water trick would be tedious. So, I buy a big box of baking soda and sprinkle the contents in the cracks. Use a broom to spread it as needed. Of course, your steps will be covered in a white powder but the next rain will take care of that (or a garden hose set on sprinkle if it bothers you). 

The baking soda neutralizes the pH in the soil and makes it hard for weeds to grow. That being said, this is something you'd only do if you know that you'll want nothing to grow there for a while.

Results

While neither of these solutions are 100% as effective as using a chemical based solution would be, I don't mind pulling a weedling or two every few weeks for a clean conscious.

A third option is to get a pet deer. They destroy weeds and pretty much everything else. Super cute though.

A third option is to get a pet deer. They destroy weeds and pretty much everything else. Super cute though.