East Texas Agrilife agent shares thoughts on homemade weed killers

East Texas Agrilife agent shares thoughts on homemade weed killers

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - With today's economy and concern over chemical products, agriculture experts say they have seen a rise in people using homemade recipes for weed killers.

Experts say these homemade remedies can be helpful, but they can also cause harm.

"The home remedies are effective to a lot of folks, and they typically want to avoid using chemicals they are not familiar with," said Agrilife agent Cary Sims.

Two of the popular homemade recipes are vinegar as a pesticide and salt as weed killer.

"Both salt and vinegar will kill vegetation," Sims said. "The vinegar is an acid that will destroy the plant tissue and the salt will get in the roots and it will die because of dehydration."

Sims says that there are positives to using these such as a monetary savings, but they do come at a price.

Sims said salt can have a longer effect than you first intended.

"Once you get that salt and dilute it with water and put it in the soil, it stays there for a while and if there is roots from other preferential plants that you didn't intend to kill coming into that zone, it could kill them as well," Sims said.

Sims said the downside to vinegar is that the household concentration may not be strong enough.

"To really have an effective acidic acid, vinegar-based weed killer, you would have to use something so very strong that it is not safe for you and I," Sims said.

Sims said that if you are interested in using homemade weed killers but have questions, it is best to consult with the Agrilife office first.

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