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Is there a natural or organic weedkiller?
Mon 30-May-11
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Danny
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I am completing my second weeding of our gravel driveway over this weekend. Now that the bigger weeds, like dandelion, have been taken care of it just leaves the tiny grass weeds that are too small right now to be bothered about.

But they will keep growing and I guess I will have to do another sweep in three weeks time. It would be best to kill them off if possible. I dislike using chemical weedkillers if at all possible.

Fiona's sis mentioned potato water, which is a new one to me I must confess.

Does anybody know of alternatives?

Never knowingly underfed

Mon 30-May-11
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seth
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Neat Pee ! As it's a drive you better use a bottle not draught 

Seed catalogues are responsible for more unfulfilled fantasies than the web and playboy combined . (after Michael Perry)

Mon 30-May-11
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Danny
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Really?

That one sounds simple. No cooking either!

I can close the gate, I guess. runaway

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Mon 30-May-11
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Salt or boiling water or a flame gun (but be careful).

 

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from Les Miserables

Tue 31-May-11
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Be careful with the salt. If it gets into the soil it could play havoc with your borders. Do you have those long lighters over there that are sold for lighting gas grills and candles in a jar? They work like a mini flame gun if you only have a few weeds.

Tue 31-May-11
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Thanks, Nadine and Josie.

I know the type of flame gun you mean, Josie. We don't have one. We do have a cookery thingy for caramelising creme brulee etc. that we have never used. I must get that out and test. I read somewhere that the best method is to wilt the weeds and not attempt to totally incinerate them.

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Tue 31-May-11
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That is what I would suggest anyway. Works well and easier than hand weedingcheers

Tue 31-May-11
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Danny, wilting probably uses less gas. We always put the teens on weed patrol, and they always totally FRIED the weeds. monster They usually don't come back when they've been incinerated. whistle The teens used the welding torch for lots of weeds, and the lighter thingy (technical term, LOL) when there were only a few. I've used boiling water for weeds between pavers or bricks.

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