DIY Weed Killer
Where are my gardening and wildlife friends at? 

I have found a weed killer that is non toxic! Safe for my grandkids little bare feet, safe for my pets, and safe for me to breathe!   Maybe you already know about it but it's new to me and I am excited because it actually works! 
Here's the recipe and then below is a little explanation of why it works
1 gallon vinegar
6 tablespoons of Thieves Dish Soap or Household cleaner - you can use both if you want because it's safe for kids, pets, and wildlife
15 drops of Clove
15 drops of Thieves
15 drops of Peppermint ( if you need ant or insect control too)
Mix it all into a sprayer and spray weeds while the sun is hot and not too windy.  
This will kill pretty much anything so be careful spraying on your wanted plants.  I have found that a few weeds/trees can be stubborn if they are pretty large so you might need to spray twice. 
So how does it work? 
Acetic acid in the vinegar is very good at drawing moisture from weeds. 
Dish soap acts as a surfactant, which is an agent that will reduce the surface tension that can cause the weed-killing concoction to bead on the leaves instead of being absorbed by the plant. I use Thieves brand because I know that unlike dawn dish soap, Thieves doesn't contains fragrance which is code for "toxic chemicals that we don't want you to know about". 
On a warm, sunny day, the results of this homemade spray will be obvious in a matter of hours as weeds turn brown and wither.
Clove oil helps kill weeds by damaging the cellular membranes of plants while it, along with peppermint oil, helps to keep away unwanted pests like ants.  
I prefer to use Thieves Blend because it contains both Clove and Cinnamon Bark oil.  Cinnamon bark oil is effective for killing fungus in plants and soil. 
Pro Tip: Add some Digize Essential Oil blend and spray around the soil because it breaks down toxic chemicals in the soil. This is important because you don't want toxic chemicals in your tomatoes.  LOL 

*These are just a few pictures that I grabbed this morning just so you could get an idea of how I was using it.  I tried it on the moss just to see what it would do. It promptly rained but this stuff worked anyway! You can see where I sprayed it along the fence and that is what convinced me it worked.  I'm thrilled.

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