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Guest Post: Keep your yard in shape without using chemicals

by on July 21, 2015

The following is a guest blog written by active ecobee community member Krystopher Demers. Let us know if you would like to write for the ecobee.com blog!

With the summer here, it’s time to get outside and enjoy the nice weather. For many of us homeowners, it is also time to work on yard maintenance and other outdoor projects.

It’s a constant battle to keep the lawns looking green while keeping vegetation away from certain areas. Oftentimes grass and other unwanted vegetation grows in between stones, walkways, sidewalk and driveway cracks. If looked after regularly, it’s not too difficult to pull the unwanted vegetation out. However if you are like me, there never seems to be enough time for all of the yard work. I sometimes forget or miss a week resulting in overgrowth between stones. With two small children and a dog, I am hesitant to use chemicals all of the time. There is a simple solution for larger growths of unwanted vegetation. 

You will need: 

– Pickling vinegar, can be purchased inexpensively from your local grocery store 

– A refillable plastic spray bottle, can be purchased inexpensively from your local hardware store 

Fill up the spray bottle with pickling vinegar. Generously spray the unwanted vegetation between cracks, stones, etc. It is best to perform when the weather is forecasted to be dry for a couple of days. The pickling vinegar will dry all vegetation, whether a weed or grass. Be careful not to spray your lawn or garden. Any vegetation sprayed will dry-out. After a day or two the vegetation will appear withered and turn brown. It can easily be pulled or sprayed again.