Garden weeds may seem harmless but they can actually reduce the yield of some crops by up to 50 percent. Weeds can also harbour pests and diseases
Garden weeds may seem harmless but they can actually reduce the yield of some crops by up to 50 percent. Weeds can also harbour pests and diseases which can then spread to gardeners’ most prized plants. Furthermore, once weeds set seed they can spread and return year after year. To stop weeds from competing with other plants and crops, gardeners should remove them.
Luckily, fans of cleaning sensation Mrs Hinch, whose full name is Sophie Hinchliffe, have shared their simple solution for getting rid of weeds.
The cleaning and lifestyle influencer has more than 4.5 million followers on Instagram and often shares her garden and home tips online.
Fans of hers have taken to social media in recent years to share their own hacks for solving common household problems.
On one such group, Facebook user Sue Wright asked: “Best way of getting rid of weeds between pavement slabs? Sick of industrial cleaner, they grow back so soon.
“I’ve heard of vinegar and boiling water, really does this actually work? Just thought I’d ask and see what you people recommend. Thank you.”
The post was inundated with more than 200 comments from Mrs Hinch fans and the most popular response was to use salt.
Sharon Gail replied: “Salt. I also use it on my artificial grass. It’s cheap and it works. When the weeds dry up I just brush them off the grass. It only takes a few days to kill everything.”
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James Cook replied: “Salt will kill them and not harm wildlife or pets.”
Gillian Bellard wrote: “Salt kills everything. Cheap way to buy a bag of cooking salt.”
Helen Swainston suggested: “Pour salt on weeds then boiling water. Dead in two days, fail safe.”
Beth Ballantyne wrote: “I use salt down all the spaces in hot weather in dry weather so when it’s damp/rains they drink it up and die. My brother swears by Domestos bleach poured when weeds are just coming through. Hope this helps.”
Judith Robson replied: “I put salt down and within a couple of days the weeds had died and I just had to brush them away.”
Lhea Wibrow said: “Cheap salt in between the slabs every few weeks. Keeps them away and kills them if they are already there.”
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Salt can be found in most households but for those who don’t have it, it can be bought from most local supermarkets relatively cheaply.
Sainsbury’s Table Salt Bottle costs 55p while Cook With M&S Table Salt costs 35p from Ocado.
Asda Table Salt costs 30p and Essential Table Salt costs 90p from Waitrose.
Other suggestions from Mrs Hinch fans included using white vinegar, boiling water, dish soap and bleach.
Julie Barnes said: “White vinegar and a little washing up liquid. Works well my weeds don’t grow back. Block paving as well.”
Kate Storey replied: “I put salt and boiling water. It really works.”
Deborah Morrell commented: “Salt, dish soap and white vinegar all in a bottle.”
Irene Ducros said: “Salt and white vinegar with a squeeze of washing up liquid, it works! Been doing it for three years now.”
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Janette Muldoon commented: “Salt, vinegar and boiling water. Or, washing up liquid and bicarbonate of soda with boiling water.”
Ann Dale wrote: “Get the kettle on! Boiling water does the trick – no more weeds!”
Nikki Marie responded: “My mum used white vinegar and salt in a watering can poured over and brushed up the dead weeds a few days later. She swears by it.”
Teresa Johnston said: “Boiling water, loads of table salt and washing up liquid.”
Sam Johnson commented: “White vinegar, bleach, boiling water or salt. If you’ve got animals or kids though best not to use the bleach.”
Sue Clegg said: “Mix salt, white vinegar and a bit of washing up liquid together in a bottle and pour on. Wonderful!”
Anna Sikora replied: “Boiling water… I just boil the kettle and pour it straight on!”
Dawn Eveasham said: “Keep the water from boiled potatoes, rice or pasta, best weed killer you can get, I’ve never needed chemicals using this method.”
Anne Caldwell said: “Chemical-free. Kettle of boiling water. Do a couple each day. Stays weed-free for weeks.”
Gina Lund-strong mentioned: “I killed a massive weed which kept coming back. with just bleach it never came back.”